1969 - The Edwin Hawkins Singers hit the singles chart with the gospel song "Oh Happy Day," which eventually soars to No. 4 and million-selling status. It becomes the first gospel track to cross over to the pop chart.
Shirley Caesar (born October 13, 1938, Durham, North Carolina) is an American Gospel music singer, songwriter and recording artist whose career has spanned six decades. A multi-award winning artist, with eleven Grammy Awards and seven Dove Awards to her credit, she was known as "First Lady of gospel music"and now the "Queen of Gospel Music" now since the death of the late Queen Albertina Walker.