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Rev James Cleveland

John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1972

IT'S REALLY quite a sad commentary on life that it took a pupil to bring the master to the attention of the world but that's almost the way it has been with the Rev. James Cleveland who was almost unknown to the world until the highly acclaimed Amazing Grace two-album set that Aretha Franklin recorded with him at his church, the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where the Rev. Cleveland has lived now for eleven years.

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