SoulMusic.com founder, David Nathan, is interviewed by Tim Dillinger, SoulMusic.com’s incoming Editorial Content Manager, about his remembrances of New York Community Choir & Revelation co-founder Arthur Freeman.
The New York Community Choir rose to prominence in the early 1970’s by way of their collaboration with Nikki Giovanni on her “Truth Is On Its Way” and “Like a Ripple on a Pond” albums. In the late 70’s they scored disco and R&B hits with tunes like “Express Yourself,” “Keep a Light In My Window” and “Make Every Day Count.” Bennie Diggs and Arthur Freeman, two of the choir’s four co-founders, also developed an R&B branch of the choir called Revelation. Diggs and Freeman, with Phillip Ballou and Arnold McCuller, signed with RSO Records as Revelation, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1975.
In this conversation, Tim talks with David Nathan about Nathan’s connection to Arthur and the group which began in 1975 and resulted in the first of two Blues & Soul features for the group.