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Gospel Singer Ronald Winans

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Gospel Singer Ronald Winans

Remembrances

Gospel Singer Ronald Winans

Gospel Singer Ronald Winans

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Ronald Winans, a member of the prominent gospel group The Winans, died of heart complications on Friday at the age of 48. News & Notes shares a remembrance.

(Soundbite of song)

Mr. RONALD WINANS: (Singing) Fear would no longer rule my life, and to declare your works, I shall not die but live.

ED GORDON, host:

Gospel music has lost one of its pioneers. Ronald Winans died of heart complications last Friday. He was 48. Ronald Winans was a member of one of the most prominent groups in gospel music: The Winans. The brothers grew up singing in Detroit church choirs before they met gospel music great Andrae Crouch. He helped The Winans record their 1981 album "Introducing The Winans." The group's blend of gospel and R&B made the record a major gospel hit. That album included the now-classic song "The Question Is."

(Soundbite of "The Question Is")

THE WINANS: (Singing) Will I ever leave you? Will I do your will? When will Jesus return? Oh, yeah.

Chorus: (Singing) Yeah, yeah, yeah.

THE WINANS: (Singing) Oh, my.

Chorus: (Singing) Yeah, yeah, yeah.

THE WINANS: (Singing) Things gonna ...(unintelligible).

GORDON: In 1985, The Winans won their first Grammy for best soul gospel performance by a duo or group. Quincy Jones eventually signed The Winans to his Quest Records label. Throughout the 1980s and the '90s, The Winans continued to release award-winning albums. Ron Winans also began working on his series of solo projects. He and his brothers collaborated with major R&B talents like R. Kelly, Anita Baker and Stevie Wonder to write songs that

topped both gospel and rhythm and blues charts. After their 1995 hit album, "Heart & Soul," the brothers took a break from music to focus on their own interests, and their ministries. In 1997, Ron suffered a massive heart attack, but recovered. Three years ago, the brothers joined their extended musical family, including BeBe and CeCe Winans, for one of Ron's last major tours. Earlier this year, he'd released his final album, "Ron Winans Family & Friends 5: A Celebration." Today, the gospel world says thank you to Ron Winans and bids him farewell.

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Mr. WINANS: (Singing) Tomorrow. I'll give my life tomorrow. I thought about today. Oh, but it's so much easier to say. Tomorrow. I promise to tomorrow. Better choose the Lord today for tomorrow very well may be too late.

GORDON: Thanks for joining us. That's our program for today.

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Mr. WINANS: (Singing) ...tomorrow, forget about tomorrow. Won't you give your life today? Oh, please. Don't just turn and walk away. Tomorrow...

GORDON: I'm Ed Gordon. This is NEWS & NOTES.

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