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Bad Boy of Gospel Music: The Calvin Newton Story

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"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after wasting thirty years and doing time in both state and federal prisons for theft, counterfeiting, and drug violations. "These were years of my life that I could have been singing gospel music."

During his prime, he was super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual charisma that attracted women to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance was his astounding voice, "the voice of an angel."

This book is his prodigal-son story. Audacious, Newton never turned down a dare, even if it meant climbing on the roof of a speeding car or wading into a freezing ocean. As a boy boxer, he was a Kentucky Golden Gloves champ who k.o.'ed his opponent in twenty-three seconds.

By his late teens he had been recruited by the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet in the world. In his mid-twenties while he was singing Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's mighty talent and movie-star looks took him deep into hedonism--reckless driving, heavy romancing, and addictive pill popping.

As 1950s rock 'n' roll began its invasion of gospel, he and two partners formed the Sons of Song, the first all-male gospel trio. Long before the pop sound claimed contemporary Christian music, the Sons of Song turned gospel upside down with histrionic harmony, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature song, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.

This biography looks back at the destructive lifestyle that wrecked a sparkling career. When well into his sixties, Newton turned his life around and was able to confront his demons and discuss his prodigal days. He talked extensively with Russ Cheatham about his self- destruction and the great personal expense of his own bad-boy choices and late redemption.

In this candid biography, one of gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up life that vacillated between achievement and failure, fame and infamy, happiness and grief.

Russ Cheatham is an associate professor and coordinator of the criminal justice program at Cumberland University. His work has been published in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578065523
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 7/11/2003
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1 Ancestors 3
2 Big Boy 9
3 Bible Training School 19
4 Headed Straight to the Top 29
5 Singing like an Angel, Fighting like a Demon 43
6 Advice from Two Sources 53
7 In the Army 59
8 Wild and Crazy 63
9 The Battle of the Bands 73
10 Touring and Recording 79
11 The Slide 87
12 A New Era 95
13 A Matter of Style 103
14 The Magic of Their Singing 115
15 Ralph Carmichael - A Contract with God 123
16 The Fat Lady Sings 131
17 "We Sang at Every ... Pig Trail in the State" 139
18 Gentlemen Songsters off on a Spree 149
19 Picking up the Pieces 161
20 From Rock 'n' Roll to Rock Bottom 173
21 Searching 185
22 Wonder Woman 197
23 Wedding Bells and Prison Cells 201
24 If I Had Wings 211
25 Musical Chairs 223
26 Gospel Fried Chicken 235
27 Still Magic after All These Years 239
28 Making Money 243
29 Awakening 251
30 Colson and Parole 263
31 Out of the Depths 273
32 The Holy Accident 287
33 Redemption 297
34 Wasted Years ... Why? 305
35 Sunset 313
Discography/Videography 319
Sources 327
Index 331
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