The Search for Brother Claude Ely
I have been aware of Brother Claude Ely for a while now. I was first introduced to who Brother Ely was when a friend of mine shared a link with me from an NPR show on which Ely’s nephew, Macel Ely II, is interviewed about his book, “Ain’t No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely“. Since I grew up in a very traditional Holiness-Pentecostal denomination the audio clips throughout the interview sounded very familiar and Brother Ely’s voice was powerful and his presentation was moving. I had to hear more or should I say feel more?
I did some searching on Amazon and on eBay to see what recordings were available or even out there by Brother Ely. There is one CD that is currently available and there are some scarce, out of print LPs and 45s out there, but they all are a little pricey. I decided to hold off for a little while….then it happened…
I was asked Wayne if I’d like to go with him and a friend on a record dig to the giant flea market in Rogers, Ohio. I put some cash away to buy some records, we setup which Friday we wanted to go and that’s what we did.
We were there early, but as the day went on more vendors showed up, including a collector/seller from Ohio. He had some amazing records for sale, including Brother Claude Ely’s, “The Gospel Ranger Brother Claude Ely and the Cumberland Four” on King Records. I couldn’t believe it. The price started a little high, but we were able come up with an agreeable price and it was mine.
The Gospel Ranger Brother Claude Ely and the Cumberland Four
King Records #801 – Electronically Rechanneled To Simulate Stereo
Be on the lookout for anything Brother Claude Ely has released. Powerful voice and music.
Some more info on Brother Claude Ely:
- Brother Claude Ely
- Claude Ely – Wiki
- Dust To Digital
- King Records
- King Records Discography
- The Hound Blog
- Pentecostalism – Wiki