| Conley Parris|
RCA Records, Skylite
| 25 May 1931
United States (1931-05-25) |
The Rebels Quartet, The Blackwood Brothers, London Parris and The Apostles
September 7, 1992, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
The Blackwood Brothers, James Blackwood, The Apostles, J D Sumner, The Statesmen Quartet
London Parris Wikipedia
Conley "London" Parris (25 May 1931 – 7 September 1992) was an American southern gospel bass singer, famous for his associations with The Blackwood Brothers and hit songs such as "Heaven Came Down". He was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2004.
Conley Parris was born on 25 May 1931 in the United States. Named “London” by Lee Roy Abernathy of The Homeland Harmony Quartet, he started singing gospel music in The Rebels Quartet when he replaced bass singer Big Jim Waits.
Parris joined Christian music pioneers The Blackwood Brothers in the late 1960s during their post-Sumner era. With The Blackwood Brothers he released many albums and went to win two Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Performance with their album In Gospel Country in 1969 at the 12th Annual Grammy Awards and again in 1972 for L-O-V-E at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards, the 1970 Album of the Year award for Fill My Cup, Lord at the 2nd GMA Dove Awards, and many other awards.
In 1971 he started his own group, London Parris and The Apostles, which won the Dove Award for the Most Promising New Gospel Talent at the 4th GMA Dove Awards in 1972.
Parris and his wife Yvonne had two sons, Christopher and David, and one daughter, Kathy. He died on 7 September 1992.
Parris was a consummate performer with a large, booming bass voice and a dynamic personality that made him a crowd favorite. He was famous for his renditions of "At the Crossing" and "Little Boy Lost", but "Heaven Came Down" and "Everybody Ought to Know" are his signature songs.
In 2004, he was posthumously inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame, operated at Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, by the Southern Gospel Music Association.As London Parris
As London Parris & the Goss Brothers
With The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
As London Parris and the Apostles
With Jackie Marshall