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Secret History of Chicago Music - Pastor Mitty Collier

Secret History of Chicago Music - Pastor Mitty Collier magazine cover

Secret History of Chicago Music - Pastor Mitty Collier 

A new addition to the most enjoyable 'Secret History of Chicago Music' article series running on The Chicago Reader Website via Steve Krakow


Pastor Mitty Collier spent the 1960s as one of the great voices in soul music

For 20 years she’s served the More Like Christ Christian Fellowship Church on the south side, but her old life deserves recognition too.

Mitty Lene Collier was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 21, 1941, the youngest of seven children of Rufus and Gertrude Collier. She started singing in church as a teenager and toured Alabama and Georgia with gospel group the Hayes Ensemble. After graduating from Western-Olin High School, Collier studied English at Alabama A&M College and Miles College. By then she was also singing R&B in nightclubs to subsidize her education, and when she was  18 she made a visit to Chicago that changed her life.

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