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This Chicago-based gospel group is best known for its incredible lead singers. The distinctive vocalist W.H. Harris formed the group and made several amazing discoveries, grooming charismatic lead singers. The teenaged Sam Cooke first rose to fame during his 1951-57 stint with the group, then departed for a celebrated solo career in pop music. Replacing Cooke, Johnnie Taylor sang with the group from 1957 to 1963, before turning to R&B (signing with Cooke's record label). Some of the Soul Stirrers' signature songs include "Touch the Hem of His Garment," which featured Cooke, and "The Love of God," showcasing Taylor.

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