BIll Moss Sr.
Gospel singer Bill Moss passed away on June 25th, 2007. Born in Selma, Alabama but a resident of Detroit for much of his career, he was sister of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and father of contemporary Gospel’s J.Moss and Bill Moss Jr., he and his wife Essie formed The Celestials, and were one of the first to use electric instruments in their recordings. Together with Essie, Bill started the record label Bilesse, which they used to launch their own recordings and also those of others (including solo Essie Moss, The Clark Sisters, The Trumpet-letts, Floyd Henley, young J. Moss) , and as Bill Moss and The Celestials were later signed to Westbound and Jewel, and then in the 1980s to AIR Gospel (as a solo artist and also as Bill Moss and Leviticus). His hit song, “Already Been To The Water” remains a favourite of many. Bill Moss and the Celestials were inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Detroit in 2004.
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