Raymond Raspberry

b. 1930, USA, d. 20 October 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA. After working as a pianist with several of the most prominent gospel stars, including Mahalia Jackson, Wynona Carr and the Clara Ward Singers,…
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b. 1930, USA, d. 20 October 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA. After working as a pianist with several of the most prominent gospel stars, including Mahalia Jackson, Wynona Carr and the Clara Ward Singers, in 1954 Raspberry formed his own group, the Raspberry Singers. One of the first all-male gospel choirs, they frequently recorded in Spanish. They eventually disbanded in 1966 when Raspberry moved to New York, where he worked as a songwriter. His compositions include staples of the gospel repertoire including ‘I’ll Let Nothing Separate Me From The Love Of God’, ‘Touch Somebody’s Life’ and ‘I Want To Be More Like Jesus’. In 1971 he moved to Los Angeles where he founded a new Raspberry Singers with an all-female line up. He died in 1995 while receiving dialysis treatment.