In memory of Charles Johnson.
(Special thanks to Brian Samuels for providing the photos and bio.)
In memory: Charles Johnson was born in 1931 in Paris, Texas. In 1961 he joined the Sensational Nightengales as lead singer. He remained there for the next 23 years, and quickly established himself as one of the leading songwriters in Black Gospel. While with the Nightengales, Johnson's song, "It's Gonna Rain", remained on the Billboard charts for 100 > weeks, while the album It's Gonna Rain sold over one million copies. At one point during the 1970s, the Nightengales placed three albums in Billboard's Top 10 albums chart at the same time. In 1985 Johnson joined with brothers Darrell and Ricky Luster and formed Charles Johnson and the Revivers. With their unique and successful merger of Black gospel with Southern gospel, Charles Johnson and the Revivers became one of the top of the late 80s and early 90s. Their multiple radio hits included "Signed 'Til the Day of Redemption",
"I Believe He Died for Me", "We Cannot Stand Alone", and their signature song, "I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand". In 2005, Johnson published his auto-biography titled Another River to Cross.
Charles Johnson passed away on October 6, 2014,
following a period of declining health.