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Jessy Dixon, Southern Gospel Dynamo, Dies At Age 73

September 26, 2011

The Homecoming Friends on the big stage up above got another voice today.

It is with sadness that I write Jessy Dixon died today at the age of 73.  To say that he was a singer that made the rafters move would be missing the mark by a mile.  He had the ability to roll the clouds of despair away and let the sun shine in. 

He was that good.

Jessy Dixon and your blogger.

I continue to be so happy to have had the chance to see Jessy Dixon perform with the Homecoming Friends in Milwaukee and again in Champaign, Illinois.  I was thrilled to get to chat with him for a few minutes prior to a concert and asked how he liked working with Vestal Goodman.  I will never forget how he told me it was hard to keep up with her when the Holy Spirit was on stage leading them in music.

That was Jessy Dixon.  So talented, and respected by many.  I loved the way he sang, moved on stage, and set a whole coliseum into a foot-stomping cadence.

Mr. Dixon wrote more than 200 songs in a career that spanned five decades. He was perhaps best known for his 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed,”which remained on the gospel and Christian charts for five years. He also composed songs for several pop singers, among them Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.

Though he was already well known in gospel circles, Mr. Dixon reached the mainstream pop-music audience in the 1970s, when he collaborated with Mr. Simon on the albums “Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’ ” (a follow-up to Mr. Simon’s hit album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”) and “Still Crazy After All These Years.” The two musicians had met at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1972, and Mr. Simon was impressed with his vocals.

  1. Jackson Kyengo kenya permalink
    February 10, 2014 2:02 PM

    I am a big listener of the Bill Gaithers for the last 6 years.since i discovered their music, I’ve really been blessed. I miss Tony Green and the master of piano Anthony Berger, Jessy Dixon on the stage. For Mwikali i can help you get a few Cd’s of Jesse Dixon and Bill Gaithers, I can see you’ve joined the list of the lovers of bill Gaithers.

  2. mwikali permalink
    March 25, 2013 6:19 AM

    Mwikali Kenya Africa

    the first time i heard about Jessy Dixon was in Nov/2011 i was so moved i decided to check him up on the net only to find he had died on Sept . i cannot begin to express the sorrow i felt and ever since i have been on a one mission of finding his cds which are hard to get in Kenya. the best of it all was to discover the Gaithers and THE HOMECOMING FRIENDS. all my family are blessed by Jessy’s songs

  3. Oswald permalink
    February 23, 2013 8:50 AM

    ‘Gone’ is what I have been listening to in my car for the past days. Jesse was his own man. He always gave all his best in any given song. I pray God should give long life to another stateman, a great singer, Larnelle Harris. For unexplained reasons I remembered Larnelle when I heard the news of the death of Jesse, and I took solace in the fact that at least we still have Larnelle. RIP Jesse.

  4. February 13, 2013 8:27 AM

    Grande cantor e evangelista!

  5. Donna Price-Williams permalink
    February 17, 2012 11:37 PM

    To say I have an overwhelming amount of grief would be an understatement. I loved jessy with all my heart. He really had the gift of ministry. When I feel down or when I felt down I would go to youtube and listen to Jessy sing. He will forever be missed and I look forward to the day when we are all together for eternity and I can hear him along with all the other saints who have gone on before us. RIP Jessy..I Love You!

  6. Susan K. Bettistea permalink
    November 13, 2011 3:45 PM

    I just learned of Jessys death last week. I have felt this overwhelming feeling of grief and loss. I never met him but his music and energy made me feel so wonderful. I’ve been on the his website every since I learned of his passing listening to his music. I will finally get the chance to meet you when I come home!!

  7. D. Taylor permalink
    October 18, 2011 10:57 AM

    Jessy Dixon often ministered at Rock Church International Virginia Beach, VA. He was so beloved at our church and led songs with our choir. He participated in Bishop John Gimenez’ Washington for Jesus rallies and was a true gift to the body of Christ. His boldness in presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ in song was powerful and far reaching. He has left an indelible mark on the lives of all who were blessed to witness his ministry and he has perpetuated the kingdom of God all over the world. Please shake hands with my mother & Bishop John Gimenez who I am sure numbered among those who welcomed you at the gates of glory. We will see you in the morning, Jessy.

  8. October 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    This great man impacted my life with his music in a manner that is difficult to describe. I mourn him with deep emotion, but at the same time I celebrate that part of his life that helped deepen my faith in God.

    Jonathan Wutawunashe

  9. mike wright permalink
    September 29, 2011 11:36 PM

    sure hated to hear about jessy dixon, whenever we would be watching the gaitthers he was always doing a great song and you could not tell he was in his 70’s he looked always so young i never knew he was 73 untill just now, i thought maybe he was in his 50’s maybe but the way he moved around when he was singing from his heart which he always did and got so excited he could really move in the spirit when he got to going he sure will be missed , but he is now where he lived to be with the heavenly choir in heaven with all the other great singers who loved the lord, but he sure will be sadly missed by all, loved watching and hearing his sing and get so excited in the lord

  10. Beverly Walker permalink
    September 29, 2011 2:49 PM

    It has been wonderful listening to the songs that have been posted featuring Jessy. How extremely anointed he was. The last song posted “Gone” woiuld simply indicate that he’s gone, but not so, he has only changed his residence; Jessy, we will see again. To think one day so many more of God’s children will graduate and the transfer of membership will take place. Until our membership changes local lets keep on keeping on, trusting and serving the One who is Eternal; Jesus our Lord..

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