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  Clara Ward - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Clara Ward (April 21, 1924 - January 16, 1973) was a gospel artist who achieved great success, both artistic and commercial, in the 1940s and 1950s as leader of The Famous Ward Singers.
That was due largely to Clara Ward's mother, Gertrude Ward (1901 - 1981), who had founded the Ward Singers in 1931 as a family group, then called variously "The Consecrated Gospel Singers" or "The Ward Trio", consisting of herself, her daughter Clara and her older daughter Willa.
Clara Ward is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
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 Clara Ward, Princesse de Caraman-Chimay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Clara was born on June 17, 1873, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of a rather wealthy man, often stated to be a millionaire, sometimes called "Captain" Ward.
The timing is vague, but Clara's next true love, and her last husband, is thought to have been a station manager of the little Italian railroad that helped visitors tour Mount Vesuvius, a Signore Cassalota.
Ward is believed to have still been married to her fourth husband when she died in Padua, Italy, on December 9, 1916.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Clara_Ward,_Princesse_de_Caraman-Chimay   (1073 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Clara Ward   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ward's poor health forced her to retire in the early (The decade from 1970 to 1979) 1970s.
Ward was also a great singer, displaying a beautiful alto with a somewhat nasal tone in gospel songs such as "How I Got Over" and "The Old Landmark" and the (A follower of Wesleyanism as practiced by the Methodist Church) Methodist hymns of the eighteenth century.
Franklin sang at Clara Ward's funeral in Philadelphia in 1973; Marion Williams sang at Clara's second memorial service held days later in (A city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States) Los Angeles.
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 PBS - American Roots Music : The Songs and the Artists - Clara Ward Singers
Born in Philadelphia on August 21, 1924, Clara Ward is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest soloists in gospel history.
Touring the country with her backing group, the Ward Singers, she propelled gospel out of the church and into the nightclub, where glitzy costumes and pop-style performance gave the music glamour and commercial appeal never seen before in gospel music.
The Wards were prosperous through the 1950s, touring regularly with the Reverend C.L. Franklin of Detroit; the father of Aretha Franklin-herself an admitted disciple of Clara Ward.
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That morning, Clara Ward, the industrialist's socially-prominent wife, and Lillian Fencl, their hard-of hearing fifty-one-year-old maid, were home, as were their Chesapeake Bay retriever, Queenie, and their small poodle, Suzy.
Ward kept her cool and was gracious to Charlie all the while.
After killing Clara Ward, Starkweather called his father and told his father to tell Bob Von Busch that he was going to kill him for interfering with Charlie's relationship with Caril.
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 African American Registry: One of gospels best, Clara Ward
Ward was from Philadelphia, PA where she began her singing and piano career at the age of six.
Clara Ward was highly regarded for her ability to convey drama in slow gospel ballads and non-metrical hymns such as When I’ve Done the Best I Can.
Later Ward built on her style by inserting techniques such as shrieks and growls, moving towards what is known as “hard” gospel.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/830/One_of_gospels_best_Clara_Ward   (261 words)

 Clara Ward - Music Downloads - Online
The Wards' success, however, did not come without a price -- Clara, the star of the group, later admitted to constant frustrations with her life as a teen phenomenon, and although she loved gospel, it appears unlikely that she would have pursued a singing career if not for the constant pressure applied by her mother.
With Williams installed as soloist, the Wards hit their creative peak, issuing such masterful hits as "Surely God Is Able" and "Packin' Up." For her part, Clara remained content to remain somewhat in the background, accompanying the group on piano while Williams stole the spotlight.
During the early 1950s, the Wards began regularly touring with the Reverend C.L. Franklin of Detroit; the father of Aretha Franklin -- herself an admitted disciple of Clara Ward -- he was a gifted singer and preacher in his own right, and as his star rose the group's fame continued to grow.
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 Gospel Music -- Clara Ward - "The greatest soloists in gospel history" -- Entertain Your Belief
The textbook stage mother, Gertrude and her husband relocated to the Philadelphia area from a life of abject poverty in rural South Carolina; the family struggled throughout the Depression, but in 1931 she was struck by a vision which commanded her to begin a singing career.
For her part, Clara remained content to remain somewhat in the background, accompanying the group on piano while Williams stole the spotlight.
The Wards -- who by now also included Frances Steadman and Kitty Parham -- were also the first gospel group to employ the switch-lead style of the shouting quartets, always keeping at least four vocalists in their ranks at all times.
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 tower - pafg27.htm - Generated by Personal Ancestral File
Zillah Jane Ward was born on 29 Sep 1864 in,, NB.
Phebe Ward was born in Feb 1871 in,, NB.
Clara was born on 22 Mar 1870 in,, NB.
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Clara Ward was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 21, 1924.
She was the founder and star performer of the Clara Ward Singers.
The group's recording of "Surely God is Able" sold a million copies, a first at the time for a gospel song...In the summer of 1977, Clara Ward was saluted in a special display honoring women in music at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, New York City.
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 Ward Family Tree - aqw11.htm
Henry Ward PEARCE was born 24 Dec 1832.
Edward Ward PEARCE was born 14 Mar 1845.
Charlotte married William WARD of "Rose Hill", son of Thomas Veazey WARD "Fifth of Woodlawn" and Mary Thompson MCLANE, on 27 Apr 1872 in Essex Lodge, Cecil County, Maryland.
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 Amazon.com: How I Got over: Clara Ward and the World-Famous Ward Singers: Books: Willa Ward-Royster,Toni Rose,Horace ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In 1931, Gertrude Murphy Ward was pressing clothes in a Philadelphia dry cleaning establishment when a voice said to her, "Go sing my Gospel and help save dying and lost men and women." With her two daughters, Clara and Willa, she went on to found the group that became the world-famous Ward Singers.
Clara was a prolific song writer/arranger and a tireless singer/work-aholic who had to work at fever pitch throughout her life to make even a small step away from that fundamentalist prison that she was born victim.
Clara Ward was a mother to Aretha Franklin and her siblings after their mother passed in 1952 and was deeply admired by youngsters like Diana Ross.
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 My Family
Wards favorite spot was sitting in the doorway of the old log home that her husband Charles had purchased some years earlier, and today was no exception, there she was holding Sadie, her youngest child, putting her to sleep and watching down the road that leads up into the hollow.
Ward got up to lay her into the bed and no sooner than she had cleared the doorway, Eliza ran from the house, down the road, up the hills and hollow to the Nixon home place where Emory was working on his mothers car.
Ward loved her children deeply, and realized that while Eliza had not obeyed her instructions, she was honest and perhaps her lesson had been learned.
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 Ward, Frank Hawley
Clara Louise Werner, known as Clayla, was born in 1889 to Judge William E. Werner and Lillian (Boller) Werner of Rochester.
Clara Louise attended a private school in Rochester, and, as a reward for writing a prize essay on Charles Dickens, was sent to Paris, France for the academic year October 1908-June 1909 to finish her education.
Hawley Ward was vice-president, under his father Frank A. Ward, of Ward's Natural Science Establishment, and a distant cousin of the founder, Henry Augustus Ward.
www.library.rochester.edu /index.cfm?page=1183   (1508 words)

 Spiritual-Gospel Connection
Ward added two new singers to the group, Henrietta Waddy and Marion Williams, with Clara singing and at the piano.
The Ward Singers were distinguished by a variety of vocal colors including the blues like quality of Waddy to the wide belt soprano of Williams to the reedy, moaning quality of Clara herself.
The music of the Ward Singers is characterized by a fiery driving beat in the uptempo numbers and by a downhome hymn singing style in the slower tunes.
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 Clara Ward   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Clara Ward was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924.
During the late 1920s, Clara Ward sang in the Baptist church services with her sister Willa and her mother Gertrude.
Although the Ward family had no formal training, their music was vibrant and passionate and little Clara had the voice of an angel.
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 Ward Family Tree - aqw08.htm
Arietta Jedorre WARD was born 24 Jan 1836.
Charles Mayer Ritchie WARD was born 4 Jun 1856.
Henry Ward PEARCE Junior (Henry Ward PEARCE, Margaret WARD, Henry, Henry,) was born 23 Jun 1760.
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 Your Brother Kings
Clara Ward was, in effect, the first Paris Hilton.
Clara L. Ricciardi, formerly Clara De Riquet, Princess De Chimay, formerly Clara L. Ward, and a petition for letters testamentary, were filed in the Probate Court here today by John W. Gary.
Clara Ward, formerly the Princess Chimay, and later the wife of Peppino Ricciardo, was born in 1873 in Detroit, Mich. She was the daughter of the late Captain Eber Ward, the wealthiest man in Michigan, where he was known as the ‘King of the Lakes.’ He left her more than $3,000,000.
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 Clara Ward & the Ward Singers - Legacy, Vol. 1: Music-Hills.com
Clara Ward & the Ward Singers - Legacy, Vol.
Thirty-one years after Clara Ward's death and twenty-two years after her mother's death (Gertrude Ward), the Ward Singers still happen to be one of the greatest Gospel groups that has ever existed.
In 1991, Willa Ward, Clara's sister who was also a member of the Ward Singers, gave several members of the later group (Mildred Means, Vermettya Royster, Alice Houston, Madeline Thompson, Agnes Jackson, and Shirley Corley) permission to record a CD that featured several of the Ward Singers' greatest hits.
www.music-hills.com /Clara-Ward-the-Ward-Singers/Legacy-Vol-1-B00008EU3R.htm   (356 words)

 Ward Genealogy
Albert Ward [Reuben, Henry, Abijah*, Daniel, ] lost a leg in the civil war.
Jenny Ward McDuffy [Reuben, Henry, Abijah*, Daniel, Thomas, Richard, John, William] m.
Clara (Ward) Cowell [Reuben, Henry, Abijah*, Daniel, Thomas, Richard, John, William] m.
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 Clara Ward : The Best of the Ward Singers - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
The Clara Ward Singers have been called the greatest group, together with The Roberta Martin Singers, produced by gospel.
She herself was a magnificent singer -- the inspiration for Aretha Franklin -- and among those who came out of the group was the superb Marion Williams.
Stylistically, the Ward Singers represented an early stage in the move to a deliberate and dramatic use of a fervor that had once been purely religious.
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 Old Chester, PA: Biographical Sketches: William Ward, Jr.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
William Ward, Jr., Prothonotary of the Courts of Delaware County, resides at 7 West 24th street, Chester.
Ward is a Real Estate Broker and in the General Insurance field.
Was born in 1865, on July 7th, the son of William Ward and Clara Ulrich, his father having been a member of Congress from Delaware County.
www.oldchesterpa.com /biographies/ward_william_jr.htm   (155 words)

 SouthernGospelNews Message Boards - View Single Post - Clara Ward Singers/southern Connection
At the National Baptist Convention in 1943, Mother Gertrude Ward of Philadelphia introduced her 14 year old daughter Clara and caused a sensation that carried through two decades.
This introduction birthed Clara Ward and the Ward Singers a prominent Black Afro/American gospel group taking Churches by Storm with their repertoire of old Issac Watts Hymns and also of the Dorsey and Brewster songs.
Clara Ward died January 16, 1973 at a young age of 48.
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 Divas - The Site / Bible Belting Babes/ Clara Ward
Ward was a great singer, displaying a beautiful alto with a somewhat nasal tone in gospel songs such as How I Got Over and The Old Landmark and the Methodist hymns of the eighteenth century.
She had a marked influence on later singers, such as Aretha Franklin, who adopted her moan for secular songs and who saluted her in a gospel album she make with James Cleveland in the early 1970s.
Clara Ward is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, CA.
www.divasthesite.com /Divas_of_Gospel_Jazz_and_Blues/Clara_Ward.htm   (346 words)

 WARD Family Website - Life in the Past Lane
A Nathan Ward was made a captain on the formation of the 78th Regt of militia in August 1793 soon after the formation of Grayson county.
Silas Ward Cemetery, Bridle Creek,New River,Grayson Co, VA. ** ** NOTE: 1922 Reminiscenses by C. Phipps : Silas Ward, was a drummer -.in the Confederate army.
Ward, Julia Bertie, 4/30/1881-9/5/1925/Ward, Joseph Carroll, 4/24/1883-11/3/1943 **
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 Your Brother Kings » Clara Ward’s adventures in Europe.
Clara was the daughter of Eber Brock Ward, about whom I have written a great deal on this blog (please use the search box to your right if you are interested).
That began an amazing series of adventures that made Clara an figure of international renown and scandal, as is shown in the press of the times.
Born in Detroit on 17 June 1873, the daughter of a millionaire, she was married to Prince Joseph de Caraman-Chimay, fifteen years her senior, when in 1896 she was dining in a restaurant and fell in love with the Hungarian violinist Rigo Janczi.
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 Mr   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Clara Ester Ward, 80, of Livingston, were conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 11, from the Chapel of Speck Funeral Home, Livingston, TN with burial in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Livingston, TN.
She was born January 10, 1922 in Overton County to the late William Benton and Emma Avo Carmack Danner.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Allen Ward, sons, William Allen Ward and an infant son, granddaughter, Lisa Coffey, and brothers, Alfred, Floyd, and Ira Danner.
www.speckfuneral.com /ward_clara.htm   (115 words)

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