the Jackson Southernaires, Frank Williams became one of gospel music's most celebrated artists, working extensively with Malaco Records. Born Franklin Delano Williams in 1947 in the small town of Smithdale, MS, he became aquainted with gospel music at a very young age. During the late '50s and early '60s, he performed as part of the Southern Gospel Singers and the Williams Brothers. In 1964, he teamed up with his brother Huey Williams as part of the Jackson Southernaires, which were signed to Duke/Peacock Records at the time. Following a debut release, Too Late, the group signed with ABC/Dunhill in 1972 and recorded the Look Around and Save My Child albums. Within a few years, the group signed to Malaco Records -- Legendary Gentlemen (1979), Touch of Class (1981), Down Home (1982) -- and became one of the label's most important artists, winning a number of awards during the 1980s. In addition to his work with the Southernaires, Williams became the executive producer and director of gospel promotion at Malaco in 1979 and remained so for many years. He later formed the Mississippi Mass Choir in 1988 and continued working in the industry until his death in 1993.
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