Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

The Gospel Ranger

Brother Claude Ely

This is the story of a song, “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down.” It was written by a 12-year-old boy on what was supposed to be his deathbed. But the boy didn’t die. Instead, he became a Pentecostal preacher and later helped inspire the birth of Rock & Roll.

The boy’s name was Brother Claude Ely, and he was known as The Gospel Ranger.

Also in this episode, we remember Joe Newman from our Hunker Down Diaries series, who passed away this week at 108 years old.

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