So here’s something we didn’t know. Turns out the quietly disbanded in 2007, following the death of its founder, Walter J. Turnbull. We knew the choir had run into some legal and moral tangles in recent years, but we didn’t know that, for all intents and purposes, it had ceased to exist. From the New York Times report:was
Led by Dr. Turnbull, who started the group in 1968, the choir sang at the White House for nearly every president since Lyndon B. Johnson, and it was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Bill Clinton. But it did not survive long enough to perform for the country’s first black president.
Very sad. But what a great legacy of music and transformed lives, despite the unfortunate scandal of its final years.
Photo from the Boys Choir of Harlem.