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The Apollas, 1966 (l-r): Ella Jamerson, Leola Jiles, and Billie Barnum.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: How Pittsburg Vocalist Leola Jiles Transitioned From Gospel to Pop

  During their debut at the Sweet Chariot – a nightclub in Manhattan, allegedly run by the Mafia, that presented African American gospel music to largely white audiences – the Bay Area gospel-singing group, the [...]