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Sweet Voice of the Swan Silvertones

Published: 1/6/2012
Influential gospel singer Rev. Claude Jeter died three years ago today. After his death, he was remembered on Obit-Mag.com.

When Al Green reached into his high falsetto on songs like “Call Me” and “Let’s Stay Together,” the quality of his voice changed, displaying a unique sweetness and gentility. Rev. Claude Jeter, one of the great lead singers of Gospel music and a founding member of the group the Swan Silvertones, was widely known as the sweetest of the celestial singers, reaching beautiful heights with a gentle but forceful voice that helped form the foundation of black music, giving rise to Soul and R&B.

On songs like “Savior Pass Me Not” and “Careless Soul,” Jeter guided the Silvertones, a tight five-piece vocal group. They formed in Kentucky in late 1930s, borrowing their name from a local bakery that sponsored a radio broadcast on which the Silvertones were featured.



Jeter was also known for his versatility. Later in his career, after a brief solo effort, he sang bass for another legendary Gospel vocal act, The Dixie Hummingbirds (alongside fellow famed gospel singer, Ira Tucker, who died in 2008.)

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