Clarence Fountain, 88, Dies


Clarence Fountain, founding member of gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama died on June 3 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 88.

Fountain had stopped touring with the group in 2007 because of complications from diabetes, but sang on their 2017 album, Almost Home.

Fountain is survived by his wife, Barbara. The family planned a private viewing Monday at their church, with a public funeral Tuesday at a larger church, which had not yet been chosen, according to his manager Charles Driebe.

Fountain and friends started their first group as students at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega. They left school in 1944 while in their teens.

The group won four Grammys, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, and were members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

With Fountain’s passing, the only original member of the group still living is Jimmy Carter.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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