Entry #046 Blue Gates of Harmony
Formed over half a century ago, The Blue Gates of Harmony continues to sing God’s praises. Arnold Parker, one of the original members since the group’s founding, remembers singing outside in various Philadelphia neighborhoods and traveling to gigs across the country. He was singing with a group in Virginia in 1960, until he moved to Philadelphia where the Blue Gates of Harmony was formed. The group quickly gained new opportunities to sing, and branched out to various churches. Pastor Terry Oakman of the National Temple Baptist Church, and member of the Sensational Travelers reminisces on the days when they would travel together to South Carolina once a year to sing. They believe that endurance and having a passion for what you are doing really pays off in the end.