Gospel music legend Andrae Crouch dies at 72

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LOS ANGELES- Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter

and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and

Madonna and movies such as “The Lion King,” has died. He was 72.

His publicist says Crouch died Thursday at a hospital in Los Angeles,

where he was admitted Saturday after suffering a heart attack.

In a career that spanned more than half a century, Crouch wrote dozens

of songs, including gospel favorites such as “The Blood Will Never

Lose Its Power” and “Soon and Very Soon,” which was sung at a public

memorial to Jackson.

He helped pioneer the “Jesus Music” movement in the late 1960s and

’70s that started the spread of contemporary Christian music.

But his influence also was felt in pop music. Elvis Presley and Paul

Simon performed his songs. He helped arrange the Jackson song “Man in

the Mirror,” and his arrangement for the film “The Color Purple”

earned an Oscar nomination.

Credit: AP

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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