Stars Of Zion Members Late 1970s
Front Row L to R: Robert Jones,John Howze,Robert Barnette
Rear Row L to R:Edward Jones,Gary Archer,Otis Calhoun,Odell Hope,James Carter,Tommy Simpson
Flashback to the 1950s, we find the music world undergoing a major evolution. R&B, Rock-n-Roll
and other musical genres, are moving to the forefront. Quartet music is in what's been defined as
its "Golden Age". It's amidst this environment that the Stars Of Zion began.
The group was originally founded by Odell Hope, who then extended an invitation to his good friend Otis Calhoun.
Their excitement and commitment to Quartet music, soon spread and drew the interest of
other individuals to the new group.
The signature sound of the group was acheived through many long evenings of practice, sometimes several
times during the week. The "Stars" as they became known, honed their singing skills by performing
at local area churches, and various community functions in the Rock Hill area. As the reputaion of
the group grew, so did the opportunities to perform in larger venues. The 1960s and 1970s found the
group sharing the Gospel of music up and down the east coast.
The Stars Of Zion have been privileged
to share the stage with such Quartet legends as: The Gospel Keynotes,The Supreme Angels,The Swanee Quintet,
Doc Mackenzie & The Highlights,The Canton Sprituals,Lee Williams & the Spritual QC's,The Willams Brothers,
and Keith Wonder Boy, to name a few.
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