Lucy Rodgers

Lucy Rodgers stormed onto the Chicago gospel stage in 1957, building popularity through the 1960s with a series of performances on the Rock of Ages gospel program on the UHF band. She cut a pair of singles for Chuck Bernard and Monk Higgins’ St. Lawrence label in 1966. The Chess family recruited Rodgers for their Checker subsidiary, turning out two singles and an LP that year. Overshadowed by Checker marquee acts the Soul Stirrers, Violinaires, and Meditation Singers, the Rodgers material was worked one last time on the Sunday Gospel Open House compilation. Before the end of the 1960s, Lucy Rodgers recorded for Halo, the gospel sibling of the Leaner family empire. The 1970s were not nearly as kind to Sister Soul. After two middling 45s on the Angel Joy and Mayo labels, Rodgers self-released a live LP, replete with handmade jackets. Her last standout release is the 1976 effort “Pray A Little Longer” for One Way. The song’s distinctive clavinet thump comes across like a lo-fi tribute to Parliament.

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