Marie Knight, whose rich, room-filling contralto voice provided the ideal counterweight to Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s more penetrating higher register on some of the most popular gospel records of the 1940s, died Sunday in Manhattan. She was 89.
The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Mark Carpentieri, her manager and the owner of M.C. Records.
Mrs. Knight, began singing gospel music as a child in the Church of God in Christ, a Pentecostal denomination that produced some of the most potent voices in gospel music, including that of Rosetta Tharpe, who died in 1973.
Obituary continues at THE NEW YORK TIMES.