aug 23 2008
Detroit's reputation as a major center for gospel music is due, in part, to the entrepreneurs who recorded the city's talented gospel artists.
For example, Carmen Murphy was the successful founder of the House of Beauty (1948), the city's first full-service salon for Black women.
After hearing a Good Friday concert in 1959 featuring the Reverends Charles Ashley Craig II and James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle, she knew she had to share their music with others. She named her label after her salon, later shortening the name to HOB Records.