Aaron Swain's blog about Southern Gospel Music, News, and other items of interest in the SG world.

Stephen Hill Passes Away

August 05, 2012 By: Aaron Category: Gaither, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Stephen Hill

Early reports are coming in that Gaither Homecoming featured artist Stephen Hill has passed away of a heart attack. More details will be posted as I get them. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Update: Here is a press release about Stephen:

It is with sadness that we have learned that Gaither Artist Stephen Hill, 55, suffered a heart attack this evening while preparing to sing at a church in Lumberton, NC. He was a talented singer, and songwriter frequently seen on many of the Gaither Homecoming videos, He was a gifted teacher at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music whose carefree and Christian spirit will be dearly missed. Please keep his family in your prayer.

In tribute, here are a few of the many songs that he was featured on in the Gaither Homecoming series:

Jessy Dixon Passes Away

September 26, 2011 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

By now, it has made the rounds; popular Gaither Homecoming solist Jessy Dixon died this morning. He was 73 years old. His sister stated he was sick, but did not explain further. ABC News has the story here.

Please be in prayer for the Dixon family.

Jimmy Dean Passes Away at 81

June 16, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Uncategorized

The music and business world was saddened to hear about the passing of Jimmy Dean Sunday.  One of Dean’s most recognizable songs is “Big Bad John” which tells the story of a common working man that gives his life to save his fellow man.  Dean hosted his own TV show known as the Jimmy Dean show.  The younger crowd will know Dean for his sausage, Jimmy Dean Sausage.  This is all amazing for a man that dropped out of high school after the ninth grade.

Dean died in his Henrico Co. home just outside of Richmond, VA.  I had the privilidge of seeing him at a Gaither concert here in the VA area.  He will be truly missed by friends and family.

Bill Gaither gives tribute to his friend here.

As of late, Dean appeared on the Gaither Homecoming Joy In My Heart DVD.  Here are a couple links to those videos.  You can also find clips of Dean on youtube when he was in better health appearing in his TV show as well as other events.