The Brothers and Sisters
Of all the great back catalogs in the history of rock, Bob Dylan’s is among the most covered, his acolytes ranging from The Byrds to Adelevia Manfred Mann and Guns N’ Roses. But something tells us you won’t have heard anything quite like Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers & Sisters, a choir of Los Angeles session singers brought gloriously to the fore for a very special, one-off record.
The Brothers and Sisters choir of Los Angeles were a cast of 27 singers that included Merry Clayton, the powerhouse singer best known for sparring with Mick Jagger on Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” (and star of the recent documentary 20 Feet from Stardom), and Edna Wright of The Honeycones and Gloria Jones of The Blossoms, best known as the co-writer of “Tainted Love”. Other members also included were Ruby Johnson, Shirley Matthews, Clydie King, Patrice Holloway, Julia Tillman and more. The groups producer was Lou Adler, noted for his work for Motown, the genesis behind the legendary Monterey International Pop Festival, and producer of Carole King’s mega-successful Tapestry.
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