The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

The Soul Stirrers

Induction category: Early Influence


  Had the Soul Stirrers only launched the career of Sam Cooke, they would have earned their place in rock and roll history. Beyond that, however, they set the pace for gospel and pop vocal groups, and played a role as forefathers in the development of rhythm & blues. As exponents of the modern gospel quartet sound back in the Forties and Fifties, they took gospel out of local churches and found a national audience for it. The Soul Stirrers radically reshaped traditional gospel material and wrote many enduring songs of their own. The music of the Soul Stirrers represented ...

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