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Rick Weaver

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Beautiful Life

L-R Jack Marshall, London Parris, John Estes (Recording Engineer)

Liner notes from album recorded by London Parris with Jackie Marshall on Piano. Recorded in 1987 at Cook Sound Studios, Fort Payne Alabama.


April 1987

This album is dedicated to my voice teacher, Leeroy Abernathy, my mom and dad for my upbringing, my darling wife for her support, and to the one who gave all that He had that I might live—the Precious Son of God. Praise Him, Praise Him.

—London Parris


Gospel Music is a message from God. This man as a dedicated Christian is qualified to deliver His message.

London Parris started his career with The Homeland Har­mony Quartet in 1954 right here at the Fort Payne National Guard Armory. London sang Bass with The Rebels from Tampa, Florida for 13 years. He was with The Rebels from 1955 through 1968. Late in 1968 London joined the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and sang with them until 1973. While with The Blackwood Brothers, the group won two Grammy Awards. They traveled worldwide, singing in 48 states and 16 foreign countries. After leaving The Blackwood Brothers, London formed his own group, London Parris and The Apostles. This group sang together for 5 years and during this time won the coveted Dove Award.

London Parris is not only the best Bass singer I have ever heard, he is a Christian gentleman that has been a great influence in my life. London, thank you for being my friend.

—Dr. Richard Ferguson


Jack Marshall has been active in the Gospel Music field for over 40 years. Jack has played piano for the greats and near-greats all over the world. I heard Jack play Amazing Grace in the back room of the Fort Payne Best Western Motel on an old upright and it made the hair crawl on the back of my neck. He was recently inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame.

—Dr. Richard Ferguson