The Soul Stirrers were actually a quintet, featuring two lead singers and three backup vocalists. Their use of twin frontmen - one crooning high and sweet, the other shouting hoarse and low - created stunning peaks of intensity and irresistible syncopations.
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This particular Sunday in the summer of 1965, Billy Foster called Rillie and asked her if he could use her piano and have your oldest son, Kenny record him. She said yes. It was three songs later and one roll of Radio Shack reel to reel tape. One of the songs that came out of Rillie’s piano was “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James.
|Beyonce Knowles and Billy Foster|
|Billy Foster and Etta James at the recording session of "I'd Rather Go Blind"|
Usually, the apple does not fall to far from the tree. Rillie's older son, Kenneth Howard Smith who was the CEO/President of D-Town Records that had several artists on his label from the great days of independent black record companies. One of his acts included the Staple Singers and he produced the compilation CD.
|Luella Sellers-Booker, Rillie Louise Sellers-Smith, Berry Jerry Smith|
|Descendants of Rillie Louise Gilchrist|
|Rev. Roosevelt and Mother Rillie Gilchrist|
|Rillie and Berry and his 35th birthday in Bakersfield, CA. (circa 1947)|
|Berry Jerry and Kenneth Howard Smith (circa 1949)|
|Theodore A Smith, Wandalene Smith, Brenda Louise Smith, Mother Gilchrist, Todd Gilchrist, Sandra L. Smith and Clyde Edgar Smith (circa 1976)|
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1922 Vegemite, a salty, slightly bitter spread made from brewer's yeast, was introduced by Australian chemist Cyril Callister for the Fred Walker Cheese Company in Melbourne. The company wanted a Vitamin B-rich spread that could compete with Britain's popular Marmite. The name came in a 1923 national poll. In 2009 Kraft Foods Australia announced that a creamier variation of Vegemite would be on store shelves July 5 alongside the original.