Blind Boys' Scott Dies

Group's co-founder was seventy-five

March 11, 2005 12:00 AM ET

George Scott, baritone singer and founding member of veteran gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, died Wednesday at age seventy-five. He had been suffering from diabetes and a heart condition, which forced him to take a hiatus from the multi-Grammy-winning group last year.

"We're grateful to the Lord for letting us have George for as long as we did," lead singer Clarence Fountain said. "He and I grew up together and sang together from little boys to old men. George was a great singer. He could sing any part in a song."

Scott, Fountain and three of their schoolmates formed the group, originally called the Happy Land Jubilee Singers, while attending Alabama's Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind in 1937. They landed a deal with Specialty Records and scored their first gospel hit with "I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine" in 1948.

They will release their new album, Atom Bomb, on Tuesday.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Don't Dream It's Over”

Crowded House | 1986

Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

More Song Stories entries »