MEMPHIS,Tenn. — A gospel legend is being remembered this week in Memphis.
Bishop Rance Allen was the founder and leader of the Rance Allen Group and performed with many gospel musicians throughout the country.
Fans will miss his voice, his stage presence and his soulful sound.
Allen died Oct. 31 at the age of 71 while recovering from a recent medical procedure.
Allen became a COGIC bishop in 2011.
He recorded many of his memorable songs at Stax Records in the Bluff City.
Stax Museum executive director Jeff Kollath says Allen’s contributions to the museum and to students of Soulsville Academy will live on.
“His brothers came here and made some great records and will always be a part of the Stax family. Stax was really the key part of making gospel music really a key component what the label did here,” Kollack said.
For 50 years Allen graced stages all over the world.
“His voice is so noticeable and so unique, and (the) power in his voice. Just a remarkable talent,” Kollack said.
Allen’s ties to Memphis are deeply rooted, not only with Stax Records.
In 2011 he became a COGIC Bishop.
He served the Church of God in Christ for more than 30 years as a pastor of a Toledo, Ohio church.
“He worked with the kids next door at the music academy on several occasions. He touched a lot of people lives' here in Memphis, young and old,” Kollack said.
The Stax Museum is honoring Allen this weekend for his iconic voice and contributions to the Memphis community.
COGIC released a statement saying they will have a memorial service for Allen at a later date.
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