Lee Williams Gospel Singer Dead: Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s was an American gospel quartet that originated in Tupelo, Mississippi, and has been in continuous operation since 1968. The ensemble began recording around the year 1970.
With Lee Williams as the main singer, Al Hollis as the guitarist and background singer, Patrick Hollis as the background singer, Leonard Shumpert as the second lead singer, and new full-time bassist Tommie Harris, the gospel quartet made its way to the top of the charts. Lee Williams, along with Willie Ligon, was the band’s co-lead vocalist. The late Lee Williams passed away on August 30, 2021, following a long struggle with diabetes and dementia.
Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s went from being a part-time gospel group to releasing the best-selling album of the year in a short period of time. It was on the Designer label in Memphis, Tennessee, that the group made its initial recordings, which were a set of 45 rpm discs.
The singles were usually divided into two sides, with one part being led by Willie Ligon and the other by Lee Williams, who was primarily the group’s bass guitarist. Following Ligon’s resignation from the organization, Williams assumed the role of leader, and the group’s name was changed to include his initials at the beginning. MCG Records, situated in Georgia, released their first national recording in 1996, which was their first national release.
Alive and Well” was their first studio album, which featured the breakout hit single “I’ve Learned to Lean,” which became a worldwide phenomenon. Their second studio album, “Love Will Go All the Way,” was released in 1998 and included a few songs from their debut album. This record served as a precursor to their third studio album, “Good Time,” which was released in 2000. In November, this album debuted in the Top Ten of the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.
This was followed by a win at the Gospel Music Excellence Awards for Traditional Quartet of the Year the next year, as well as a nomination for Best Gospel Album at the Soul Train Music Awards the following year. The Temple Of Deliverance Church in Memphis, Tennessee, was the location where the group recorded their fourth studio album, “Right On Time,” in 2002. When the recording process was completed, the album was made available to the public in the spring of 2003.
In 2005, they returned to Memphis to release their fifth studio album, titled “Tell the Angels.” In 2006, they released a collection of songs under the title “Soulful Healing,” which was released as an album. They went to SoulLink Live! in the early 2000s, then to the second one, and then to the third. “So Much to Be Thankful For” was their first studio album, published in 2007.
Lee Williams, the founder of the Spiritual QC’s and the “Godfather of Quartet Music,” died on August 30 in Tupelo, Mississippi, at the age of 75, according to his family. The band shared the news of the veteran gospel singer’s passing on Facebook, which was met with heartfelt responses. After celebrating his 75th birthday with his wife Annie on July 28, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just a few days later.
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