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Name the only gospel singer to have a million-selling soul hit record with a country song, which also happened to have been written by Willie Nelson.
That would be Joe Hinton, who grew up in the church singing in various gospel groups and eventually became the lead singer in the Spirit of Memphis Quartet. He had a number of great singles with them during the period when they recorded for Peacock Records, a subsidiary of Houston's Duke Records.
Lost In Sin – The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet
Noting Joe’s huge talent, Duke Records owner Don Robey decided to try some secular tunes with him on his Back Beat subsidiary. After a few misses they had a monster hit with “Funny How Time Slips Away,” AKA “Funny” as they called it on the label. You’ll want to listen all the way through on this one.
And one more. Listen to this slab of unadulterated gospel soul!