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July 31, 2014
My uncle Robert may you continue to rest in peace. I miss you dearly. You were my entertainment mentor. However more than that you were my uncle whom I spent so much time with. Love and miss you!!
Richard Thomas
July 04, 2013
Love you Uncle Robert. We miss you.
June 30, 2013
I am excited to see this. My late husband William Grandvil Carter (1940-1993) was the piano accompanist and 5th singing voice when Bob McFerrin Sr. toured Europe as the California Jubilee Singers from 1964-1965. That was the turning point in Bill's career. He had proved himself as a musician and returned to UCLA to earn his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees after having walked out on a nearly complete degree in chemistry the previous year. I had the great honor of meeting Bob McFerrin in St. Louis during the summer of 1964, thanks to our friendship with another of the Jubilee Singers, Thomas "Tinkle" Woodson. While we were sitting in the bonus room of Tom's sister's home conversing with Robert and Tom, I felt Bill's presence in that room. I also had a mini-coaching lesson talking with Bob about interpreting spirituals, and knew instantly from the first phrase he sang to me what a great artist he was, and what an inspiration he had been to my husband, My husband had passed those stylings on to me, and we performed them together many times.
June 30, 2013
I miss you Daddy. I love you and think of you often. I know your watching over Major Moves!
July 08, 2012
Dear Brenda McFerrin,
My condolences to you on the loss of your father. I thought he was wonderful. He was my voice coach in the Spring of 1970 at Sacramento State College. Mangnificent talent. I remember how he would put his hand to his ear and mouth and listen to himself as he sang. Oh my God, he was so talented and had the most beautiful voice and was so kind and patient with us. A true master. best wishes,
Billy Cross
February 15, 2012
I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU, Daddy!
February 15, 2012
Dad, just the other day I was listening to the duet we did in St. Louis in 1987 "Bess You Is My Woman Now" from Porgy and Bess! I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU Sooooo MUCH!!!
December 31, 2011
I just found this obituary.
I met Mr. McFerrin in Washington, DC after a classical recital during a conference in February, 1973. He sung spirituals and his accompianist was Sylvia Ogden Lee, daughter of one of the original Fisk University Singers.
I did not know he had recorded anything other than the Sidney Poitier vocals singing on "Porgy And Bess".
I did find some of Robert McFerrin Sr.'s serious singing on YouTube.
Rest In Peace, Sir.
January 08, 2009
Yes, that is his glorious voice singing "Porgy" in the movie. My parents were just so thrilled when they found out that he would be the singer for Sidney Poitier in the film. Keep singing those gorgeous tones, Bob, where you are!!!
January 07, 2009
Wow! I just found this site. Mr. McFerrin was the voice of Porge in the MGM production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (featuring Sidney Potier, and Dorthy Dandridge - Don't forget Pearl Bailey). I had a recording of his "Classic Negro Spirituals", many years ago. Unfortunately, it is no longer available - (what a shame. Wonderful, wonderful Harry T Burleigh piano work on that album too.) Along with Paul Robeson, I can say that he is indeed my hero. He has left a wonderful legacy in his son, Bobby - groundbreaking artist in his own right.

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