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The Religious Affiliation of
Joe Lutcher
band leader in the 1940s and 1950s


Joe Lutcher was a band leader in the 1940s and '50s. He was the brother of famed jazz and R&B singer Nellie Lutcher. Joe Lutcher was a convert to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and he was a key figure in the conversion of rock and roll Little Richard to Seventh-day Adventism.

From: Dave Penny, "Joe Lutcher" article in "This Is My Story" section of BlackCat Rockabilly Europe website (http://www.rockabilly.nl/references/messages/joe_lutcher.htm; viewed 26 October 2005):

Born Joseph Woodman Lutcher, 23 December 1919, Lake Charles, Louisiana

For the past 40-odd years Joe Lutcher has remained, if anything, little more than a foot-note in the history of popular music, mainly because he was the catalyst that urged Little Richard to give up rock 'n' roll at the height of his popularity in 1957. Any other achievements have been forgotten, but this is largely the fault of the man himself who has consistently refused to be interviewed about his own glory days. Nevertheless, in the late 1940s Lutcher had fronted a remarkable and popular jump band that enjoyed three national top twenty chart hits and made many other fine recordings for Capitol, Specialty and Modern.

...Disillusioned by his personal and professional fortunes, his last hit four years behind him, Lutcher left the secular world of show business in 1953 to discover God and joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church, where he would later encounter, and share bible studies with Little Richard. Since the late 1950s, Lutcher has owned a gospel record shop and a record label, called Jordan Records, on which he issued an LP and sporadic singles by himself and by The Gospelaires and The Jordan Gospel Singers.

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