EVELYN STARKS HARDY, FOUNDER OF THE GOSPEL HARMONETTES
Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Stephanie Parker.
“Evelyn Starks Hardy’s legacy is that she helped the Original Gospel Harmonettes to become one of the first African-American female gospel groups to sign with a major record label — RCA Victor — and for encouraging the group to recruit Dorothy Love Coates as the main lead singer,” said Robert Marovich, the founder and editor of The Journal of Gospel Music. He added, “The Harmonettes…
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