Kenneth Day

Born and raised in Southern Florida, preacher’s son Kenneth Day was working underneath his fiancé's car when the vehicle slid off the jack, bringing it down abruptly on his head. He began calling frantically for help, but it was not until he began calling on Jesus that his mother-in-law arrived to lift the bumper up just far enough to free the wounded Day. After a full recovery, Day—choir director at his father’s Pentecostal Holiness church—felt compelled to detail the lesson on 45 in 1977.

Through church guitarist Ronnie Williams, Day found a studio owner willing to provide 90 minutes of studio time and 100 records for a paltry $150. Having performed his composition several times at the Evangelist Mission Church of God in Christ at 10053 South Kumquat Street in Perrine, Florida, the choir and band traveled to a since-forgotten studio to deliver three takes of “No Harm Calling On Jesus.” Williams switched from guitar to bass, with younger brother Dennis Day on Drums, and youngest brother Thomas Day on percussion. At $5 a copy, the record raised respectable capital for the church and garnered a little airplay on gospel frequency WMBM 1490-AM. Pleased with the results, Day soon moved on to long-distance truck driving, which kept him away from home—and choir practice—for long stretches of time. To date, no further near-death experiences have prodded Kenneth Day studio-ward to set down new tales of divine intervention. Perhaps once was exactly enough.

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