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MEDIA ALERT: Press Conference – The Dixie Hummingbirds at 90: Legendary Gospel Group to Announce Major Celebration for Unprecedented



For Monday, Aug. 27 @ 11:30 a.m.










WHAT:          To officially kick off its unprecedented 90th Anniversary celebration, THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS, one of the most enduring and influential gospel groups of all time, will host a special press conference on Aug. 27 at the African-American Museum in Philadelphia. Today’s announcement of the press conference comes 13 years to the day that Philadelphia Mayor John Street proclaimed Aug. 20, 2005 “Dixie Hummingbirds Day.”


WHEN:    Monday, Aug. 27

11:30 a.m.


WHERE:   The African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106


WHO:   The Dixie Hummingbirds

Roger LaMay – General Manager, WXPN, Philadelphia

Virginia Cotton – Gospel Radio Host, WHCR, New York

Alan Rubens – Chairman, Philadelphia Music Alliance


More special guests to be announced!


WHY:      Among the longest-lived and most successful groups of their era, the Dixie Hummingbirds are world renowned for their imaginative arrangements, progressive harmonies, and all-around versatility. Their influence has spread not only over the world of spiritual music, but also inspired secular artists ranging from Jackie Wilson to Bobby “Blue” Bland to the Temptations. The Dixie Hummingbirds have been immortalized in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and Most famously to pop music fans, sang on Paul Simon’s recording of “Love Me Like A Rock” in 1973. They later recorded it themselves, and it won them a GRAMMY® Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance.


In Philadelphia, the Dixie Hummingbirds are immortalized with a mammoth mural, which covers a building’s wall at 859 North 15th St., just a few blocks away from “Dixie Hummingbirds Way” at 15th & Poplar Sts. In 1988, the Dixie Hummingbirds were honored by the Philadelphia Music Alliance with a bronze plaque along the Walk of Fame. Last year, the City of Philadelphia presented the Dixie Hummingbirds with an historical marker at 2435 College Ave., across from Girard College in North Philadelphia.


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