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Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1937
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1937
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Lifelong lover of gospel music Reverend Stanley Keeble was born March 8, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Josephus, was a native of Arkansas and his mother, Idola, was from Mississippi. They moved to Chicago in 1936 in hopes of finding work. Keeble graduated from high school in 1955, and would later return to school, graduating from Daniel Hale Williams University in 1978.

At the age of nine, Keeble took piano lessons, and attended services at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, where he came under the tutelage of Willie Webb. By 1952, Keeble had begun his musical career. He started out playing the piano, organ and singing, and later directing the choir of Fellowship Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Clay Evans. Keeble continued to perform gospel music, playing with Inez Andrews of the Caravans and serving as the first musician for Jessie Dixon. By 1968, he had formed his own gospel choir, The Voices of Triumph. While continuing to perform, Keeble focused his energies on becoming a minister. He was ordained in 1973. Following graduation from Daniel Hale Williams University, Keeble began teaching English in the Chicago Public Schools in 1980, where he also created an accredited program on gospel music. In 1986, Keeble left teaching to serve as the chaplain at Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital, where he remained for the next thirteen years. In April 2002, Keeble established the Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum. He also hosts a weekly radio program entitled The Joy Hour, on WKKC.

For thirty-five years, Keeble has been a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. He is also an officer of the Chicago Gospel Announcers Guild. As a gospel pioneer, Keeble is noted for his knowledge of gospel history. He has performed across the United States and in Europe, appeared on radio programs and was a frequent performer on Chicago’s Jubilee Showcase, a weekly program that aired for twenty-one years and celebrated many of gospel’s greats.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes growing up in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble recalls his early interest in music
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes meeting gospel artists like Roberta and Sally Martin as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble contrasts gospel music to other religious musical styles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes Thomas Dorsey's influence on gospel music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes the decline of Negro Spirituals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his childhood personality and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble shares his memories of elementary school in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes attending Chicago Vocational School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his involvement with church and gospel music as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes participating in the Jubilee Showcase
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about graduating from Chicago Vocational School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about Sam Cooke
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes performing on television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about his gospel and secular music work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble recalls handling a difficult situation with a fellow performer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about attending Daniel Hale Williams College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about becoming a recognized gospel artist in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble shares memories of appearing on the TV show Jubilee Showcase
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes becoming an ordained minister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble remembers when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes the relationship between Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about his early ministry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about forming his own musical group, Voices of Triumph
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his radio show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes attending Gospel Outreach Seminary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble shares his views on female ministers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble shares his views on the changes in religious music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about his favorite gospel musicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble shares his concerns about gospel music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about the Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes preserving the legacy of gospel musicians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes his mission to inspire innovation among young people in gospel music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes the Gospel Fest in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble talks about his parent's pride in his success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Stanley Keeble narrates his photographs