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ALBERTINA WALKER MEMORIAL COVERAGE By admin on Oct 17, 2010 in CELEBRATION H eavy hearts were lifted on Thursday and Friday with a celebrations in memory of the “Queen of Gospel,” Albertina Walker. Family, friends and fellow musicians celebrated the life of Albertina Walker at both a memorial concert and funeral service. The surviving members of The Caravans, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, and Delores Washington performed a musical tribute to “The Queen”. “She was my mentor. She treated me like I was her daughter. Because of Albertina, I am; she gave me a chance, Shirley Caesar said. “I don’t think enough credit goes to people like her.” Gospel singer, Tramaine Hawkins said. “She couldn’t even go to a restaurant and eat. She couldn’t even go to a hotel and I’m flying in first class now and I can go to any hotel I want.” Among the numerous gospel greats who said their lives where shaped by Albertina Walker, there were also artists from other genres of music that Albertina influenced: None other than the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. “As a young girl, I used to listen to and just lie on the floor by my record player, and listen to the Caravans,” Aretha said. “I’m so glad that I was weaned and brought up on the Caravans.

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