Bill Moss (musician)

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Bill Moss
Born 1931
Selma, Alabama United States
Died June 25, 2007(2007-06-25) (aged 75–76)
Genres Christian
Associated acts The Celestials

Bill Moss (1931 – 25 June 2007) was an American Gospel music singer.


Early life[edit]

Moss was born in 1931 in Selma, Alabama and sang in a choir led by his sister the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark.

Musical career[edit]

Bill Moss & The Celestials[edit]

He moved to Detroit, Michigan and formed The Celestials with his wife Essie Moss. Bill Moss & the Celestials would perform with acts such as The Staple Singers and Mighty Clouds of Joy at venues such as the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The Celestials were one of the first gospel groups to use electric instruments.[citation needed] Their best known songs include "Turn It Over to Jesus", "Everything is Going to be Alright" and "The Way We Use to Have Church." [1]


He was inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004.[1][2]

Musical influence[edit]

Moss' two sons are currently involved in Gospel music: Bill Moss Jr.[3][citation needed] and James (performs as J. Moss). His sister, Mattie Moss Clark, and nieces, The Clark Sisters, are also Gospel music singers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c AP via International Herald Tribune, "Gospel legend Bill Moss dies at 76 after bout with emphysema" June 29, 2007
  2. ^ Billboard Magazine "Hall of fame honors.(In The Spirit)" November 6, 2004
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 

External links[edit]

  • International Gospel Music Hall of Fame [1]