Recording Academy Reveres Late Guitarist Howard Carroll

STATEMENT: Death of Howard Carroll

The Recording Academy has officially reacted to the death of Howard Carroll, the legendary gospel guitarist.
The influential lead guitarist from the award-winning gospel group Dixie Hummingbirds died at 92, on Tuesday in an assisted-living facility in Philadelphia.
In a statement copied to, signed by President/CEO Neil Portow and dated Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Recording Academy classifies him as a “revered guitarist”

Read Full Statement by Recording Academy on Howard Carroll’s Death

Howard Carroll was a legendary gospel musician, contributing to the success of the GRAMMY®-winning quartet the Dixie Hummingbirds during their peak period starting after World War II. The group earned four GRAMMY nominations throughout their expansive career, and were awarded the Best Soul Gospel Performance GRAMMY for their rendition of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like A Rock” at the 16th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. A revered guitarist, Carroll, and the Hummingbirds, exerted a major influence on gospel music as well as on pop and R&B artists such as Jackie Wilson and the Temptations. He will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and collaborators during this difficult time.

Neil Portnow
Recording Academy
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