"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after losing thirty years and doing time in either country and federal prisons for robbery, counterfeiting, and drug violations. "These have been years of my lifestyles that i'll were making a song gospel music."
in the course of his leading, he was once super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual aura that attracted girls to him like flies to honey. Atop this abundance was once his spectacular voice, "the voice of an angel."
This booklet is his prodigal-son tale. Audacious, Newton by no means became down a dare, no matter if it intended mountaineering at the roof of a rushing vehicle or wading right into a freezing ocean. As a boy boxer, he used to be a Kentucky Golden Gloves champ who k.o.'ed his opponent in twenty-three seconds.
by means of his past due young people he have been recruited by way of the Blackwood Brothers, the number-one gospel quartet on the earth. In his mid-twenties whereas he was once making a song Christian songs with the Oak Ridge Quartet, Newton's powerful expertise and movie-star seems took him deep into hedonism--reckless riding, heavy romancing, and addictive tablet popping.
As Fifties rock 'n' roll begun its invasion of gospel, he and companions shaped the Sons of tune, the 1st all-male gospel trio. lengthy earlier than the pop sound claimed modern Christian track, the Sons of track grew to become gospel the other way up with histrionic concord, high-styled tuxedos, and Hollywood verve. Their signature track, "Wasted Years," foreshadowed Newton's punishing fall.
This biography appears to be like again on the damaging way of life that wrecked a gleaming profession. while good into his sixties, Newton grew to become his existence round and used to be in a position to confront his demons and talk about his prodigal days. He talked broadly with Russ Cheatham approximately his self- destruction and the good own cost of his personal bad-boy offerings and past due redemption.
during this candid biography, certainly one of gospel's all-stars discloses a messed-up lifestyles that vacillated among success and failure, status and infamy, happiness and grief.
Russ Cheatham is an affiliate professor and coordinator of the legal justice application at Cumberland college. His paintings has been released in Bluegrass Unlimited and Music Row Magazine.