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“I knew Sam since he was four years old.... I raised him. I taught him what he knows.”
- Clarence Fountain
“I knew Sam since he was four years old.... I raised him. I taught him what he knows.”
- Clarence Fountain
A Voice From The Past Joins The Present
“Clarence Fountain is like a second father to me....”
- Sam Butler
“Clarence Fountain is like a second father to me....”
- Sam Butler
Donald Fagan on Sam Butler & Clarence Fountain
I got to know Clarence and the Blind Boys’ long-time guitarist, Sam Butler. Sam, a fabulous singer in his own write, appeared with me in an early version of the New York Rock and Soul Review in the nineties.

Sam Butler started singing as a child, fronting his family group as "Little Junior and Butleraires". He began playing guitar with the Blind Boys in 1972 and he's been at Clarence's side ever since, singing, playing and arranging. 

After Clarence, Sam's smooth vocal style and soulful guitar have defined the Blind Boys’ sound on recordings and in their exciting live performances. 

As for Clarence, what can I say? He was a charter member of the Blind Boys when they first came together at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in 1939. But age cannot defeat this gospel master.

With his enormous range, he can sing it all - sweet, funky, hollerin' - and when he goes down low, he can scare the devil right out his skin. 
 - Donald Fagen is the co-founder, lead singer and keyboardist of the band Steely Dan.
“My theory is do something good in the end and that will close out your longevity. After that, you can go on home and sit down.”
- Clarence Fountain
“My theory is do something good in the end and that will close out your longevity. After that, you can go on home and sit down.”
- Clarence Fountain
Clarence Fountain, Blind Boys of Alabama Leader, Dead at 88
- Rolling Stone
Singer won five Grammys and received Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award as leader and co-founder of gospel group.

Clarence Fountain, founding member and longtime leader of the gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, died Sunday (June 3rd) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 88.

The Blind Boys of Alabama confirmed Fountain’s death in a statement on the group’s website. No cause of death was provided....(continue reading)
 - Article published by Rolling Stone June 5th, 2018.  Written by Daniel Kreps.
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Introducing, "My Body!" The latest hit with classic flair from the legendary Sam Butler!

Fully written & performed by Sam, “My Body” is sure to get your body moving to its addictive rhythm & groove.

Sam Butler continues to carry the torch and legacy of Clarence Fountain (Gospel Music Hall of Fame, 5-Time Grammy Award Recipient) who passed away in June of 2018. 

This song is certain to make bodies move in the Southern Gospel/Christian Country genres!
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Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler combined forces in the creation of this album featuring vocal stylings of the late Fountain that have never been heard before. 
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"Do Not Go On" - The Gospel At Colonus
Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler
"Glorious Fool" - Official Music Video
Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler
"Me & Jesus" - BET TV
Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler
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The Gospel According to Clarence Fountain and Sam Butler
- Huffington Post
Founder of Grammy-winning gospel group Clarence Fountain dies in Baton Rouge at 88
- The Advocate
Blind Boys of Alabama singer Clarence Fountain never strayed from spreading the gospel
- Los Angeles Times
Clarence Fountain, 88, Dies; Led the Blind Boys of Alabama
- New York Times
Clarence Fountain, Leader And Founding Member Of Blind Boys Of Alabama, Dies At 88
- NPR Music
Clarence Fountain, Founding Member of Blind Boys of Alabama, Dies at 88
- Billboard
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