CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1991 |
A man who says that he is the adopted son of the late Rev. James Cleveland wants to lay claim to a share of the fortune left behind when the Grammy-winning singer known as the "King of Gospel" died in February. Andre M. Cleveland of Northridge, a rhythm and blues record producer, asserted at a news conference Tuesday that he is entitled to half of the Cleveland estate, estimated at $6 million.
February 10, 1991 |
The Rev. James Cleveland, the acclaimed "King of Gospel" whose voice was stilled recently by health problems, died Saturday of congestive heart failure, according to his manager, Annette Thomas. He was 59. Cleveland's singing style and commitment to excellence inspired an array of secular singers. Cleveland was admitted to Brotman Medical Center in Culver City on Thursday suffering from respiratory problems, Thomas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1991 |
Andrae Crouch shared a reminiscence. Stevie Wonder sang one of his songs. Politicians heaped him with praise. And about 4,000 other friends and admirers danced and swayed in the aisles as the voices of 500 choir members resounded across the ornate auditorium. For the Rev. James Cleveland, the acclaimed king of gospel music, it was a fitting final tribute. Cleveland, 59, the first gospel singer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died Feb.
December 13, 1987 |
SINGER JODY WATLEY is playing to her smallest assemblage in recent memory, a gang of three. She is speaking of wondrous ideas she has planned for larger audiences. "I want this next video to have a gritty, street feel," she says, looking around the office at MCA Records in Universal City. The wall is lined with gold and platinum plaques, symbols of the company's successes.
February 15, 1991 |
"I'm not worried about the undertaker!" exclaimed buoyant Shirley Caesar at a tribute concert for the Rev. James Cleveland, the extraordinarily influential gospel figure, last October. "I'm thankful for the Upper-taker!" Cleveland, his friends and fans would bittersweetly agree, has finally fallen into the hands of both.