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Roberta Evelyn Winston Martin
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Birth: Feb. 12, 1907
Helena
Phillips County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 1969
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Gospel singer, composer, pianist, arranger and choral organizer. She grew up in Chicago and there started a quartet with Theodore Frye in the 1930's. This gradually evolved into The Roberta Martin Singers by the 1950s. She and the group carried the gospel message throughout the world for over thirty-five years helping to lay the foundation for modern Gospel music between the late 1930's and 1969. One of the first mixed male and female gospel choirs, the Roberta Martin Singers were known for their forsaking of traditional gospel harmony in favor of distinct, individual voices. Their lengthy list of hits includes such classic tunes as "He Knows Just How Much We Can Bear," "Try Jesus, He Satisfies," "I'm Just Waiting on the Lord," and "God Is Still on the Throne." In addition Martin operated her own recording studio and published songs by other Gospel songwriters including Rev. James Cleveland. She was known throughout her life for her compassion and spirituality, taking time out of her busy tour schedule to assist storefront churches and individuals who were in need. The group disbanded shortly after Martin's death in 1969. More than fifty thousand mourners attended her funeral. Before her death she had composed over 100 songs under her own name and that of Fay Brown. In 1988 the United Postal Service issued a 32 cent commemorative stamp honoring Martin's influence. The stamp was one of four honoring gospel women. 
 
Burial:
Burr Oak Cemetery
Alsip
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Curtis Jackson
Record added: Nov 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61284867
Roberta Evelyn <i>Winston</i> Martin
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Roberta Evelyn <i>Winston</i> Martin
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Roberta Evelyn <i>Winston</i> Martin
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