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75 years of the Silver Stars.

The Silver Stars gospel group of Orangeburg County, South Carolina enters their 75th year this fall, and they’ll celebrate the occasion on September 11, 2011 in Holly Hill, South Carolina. To purchase advance tickets, contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate parties.

When asked about the Stars’ longevity, vocalist Nehemiah “Slim” Small (who was only born the year that original manager Robert White Sr. assembled the first line-up) explained that “we know what people like and what people don’t like.” Mr. Small, who’s been with the group for 40 years (second only to George Inabinett, who’s clocked in a half century), also added that “the biggest things that break up a group are women and money.” Here’s a photo from one of his first years:

And here’s the 2007 line-up:

One staple of the Silver Stars’ programs throughout the years has been “The Bible Days,” and we are pleased to share a late-‘70s take that’s found on their only-ever 45-rpm release.

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Silver Stars “The Bible Days” (Smoke 45).

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