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1Title:  Spiritual Five Singers Records     
 Creator:  Spiritual Five Singers 
 Dates:  1947-1991 
 Abstract:  The Spiritual Five Singers were organized in 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. The gospel music group emerged from the Golden Star Singers of York, Alabama, that performed in the late 1940s. The original members of the Spiritual Five were Johnny, Nathan, and Willie Yarbrough, Willie Samuels, and H.J. Wynn. The group performed in churches, nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons. In 1975, the group began to sponsor an annual Cancer Gospel-Thon, benefiting the American Cancer Society. The collection consists of written histories, minutes, correspondence, programs, original compositions, newspaper clippings, certificates, and awards. 
 Call #:  MS 4607 
 Extent:  0.21 linear feet (1 container and 1 oversize folder) 
 Subjects:  Yarbrough family. | Spiritual Five Singers. | American Cancer Society. | African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African Americans -- Music. | African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Music. | African American musicians -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American singers -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Gospel music -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Gospel musicians -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Popular music -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
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2Title:  Boddie Recording Company Records     
 Creator:  Boddie Recording Company 
 Dates:  1952-1991 
 Abstract:  The Boddie Recording Company (1958-1993) was the first recording studio in Cleveland, Ohio, owned by African-Americans. Thomas Boddie (d. 2006) created all his recording equipment by hand rather than purchasing pre-made machines, and he pressed his own vinyl records. This allowed him to hold down costs, thus attracting a wide range of clientele in need of demonstration records and small runs of 45 rpm records. His clientele included musicians of various styles, including gospel, country, bluegrass, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues, earning the studio the nickname of "Little Nashville". Records were made for national distribution as well as for independent groups and artists who only wished to have their music recorded for personal use or local distribution, such as recordings of sermons for church groups, with Boddie creating small, independent record labels for the purpose. Thomas Boddie began his interest in sound systems and recordings as a teenager in his home on Kinsman Ave. in Cleveland in the 1940s. Though talented and educated in the fields of sound and electrical engineering, he had difficulty finding work due to his race. He first found employment as an organ repairman, then at Wright-Patterson Air Base. After serving in the army during World War II, Boddie returned to Cleveland and began building the pieces of what would eventually become a full-fledged recording studio, designing and modifying equipment while working as a repairman. The studio survived through small business loans, Thomas's ability to save money through hard work and perseverance, and the consistent assistance of his wife Louise. He and his wife laid the concrete themselves for an addition to their house to form a record pressing plant, and he built an 8-track recording machine for about 15% of the cost of a new one. The Boddies traveled to various locations with their equipment to record groups and individuals on-site, quickly making multiple cassette recordings to sell after the event. When he discovered true potential talent, he would send recordings to Motown, where the artist had a better chance of becoming known, as the Boddie Recording Company did not have the sponsorship of large advertisers that Motown had. Thomas Boddie died in 2006. In 2009, the Numero Group purchased the large number of recordings made at the Boddie Recording Company, with many of the recordings scheduled to be released in late 2011. The collection consists of advertisements, booklets, business cards, contracts, correspondence, flyers, legal documents, miscellaneous notes, newspaper clippings, programs, receipts, sample 45rpm record designs, schematics, and transparencies. 
 Call #:  MS 5090 
 Extent:  2.00 linear feet (2 containers) 
 Subjects:  Boddie, Thomas, d. 2006 | Boddie, Louise | Boddie Recording Co. (Cleveland, Ohio) | Sound recording industry -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Sound studios -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Business enterprises -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American business enterprises -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Music. | Soul music -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Rhythm and blues music -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Gospel music -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Rock music -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Country music -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Bluegrass music -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
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