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Peace Be Still: How James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir Created a Gospel Classic

Robert M. Marovich


One evening in September 1963, the Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, New Jersey, assembled in nearby Newark to record their third live album with gospel music’s rising star, James Cleveland. Nobody that evening could have predicted the album’s overwhelming popularity. For two years, Peace Be Still and its haunting title track held top positions on gospel radio and record sales charts. The album is reported to have sold as many as 300,000 copies by 1966 and 800,000 copies by the early 1970s—figures normally achieved by pop artists. Nearly sixty years later, the album still se ... More

Keywords: James Cleveland, Angelic Choir, Peace Be Still, Nutley, New Jersey, Newark, gospel music, Savoy Records, Lawrence Roberts, First Baptist Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252044113
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252044113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert M. Marovich, author