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James B. Davis, R.I.P.

Founder of the Dixie Hummingbirds dies at age 90.
Ted Olsen|

There are bands that have been around a long time, and then there's the Dixie Hummingbirds. James B. Davis, who died April 17, formed the gospel group at age 12 with members of his church choir.

That was in 1928.

Davis retired in 1984, but the group – one of the greatest black gospel groups of all time, if not the greatest – continues. (Some of the other greats, like the Swan Silvertones' Claude Jeter, actually got their start in the Dixie Hummingbirds.)

Most folks know the group's work from Paul Simon's 1973 "Loves Me Like a Rock." I prefer "Christian Automobile."

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