James Phelps sadly passed on October 26th last year and the news made it into several distinguished music papers, mainly because of his involvement with the legendary gospel group The Soul Stirrers. Phelps moved to Chicago from his native Louisiana in his late teens with that precise objective in his head, to be in the Soul Stirrers. Although he did not sign up with the group immeadiately it wasn´t long before he was fronting the group and was singled out as the next secular star to be signed as a secular solo artist, after his famous predecessor Sam Cooke of course. Phelps´ solo career got of to a very good start with his "Love Is A Five Letter Word" which was released on Argo in 1965. Sadly his following records did not fare as well, although the were just as good, as you can hear. Although that promising start did not blossom into a fully fledgled solo-stardom, Phelps made his living as a popular club act in Las Vegas and other places for many years.
To hear Phelps´ full story, and possibly one of the last interviews with him, please visit the excellent website: www.sittinginthepark.com
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