A Tribute to
David “Pop” Winans
(April 20, 1934 – April 8, 2009)
|David ‘Pop’ Winans was born on April 20, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.
He was raised in the Mack Avenue (COGIC) where his grandfather Isaiah Winans was the pastor. At the age of 18, Winans began singing with the Nobelaires quartet group. A saxophonist and clarinet player, he later joined the Lemon Gospel Chorus in 1950. There he met his future wife Delores Ransom, who sang in the ensemble.After their 1953 marriage, Winans juggled multiple jobs (car salesman, taxi driver, custodian and barber) to take care of the ten children the couple would eventually have.Aside from his various entrepreneurial activities, Winans began to preach sermons in the late 1960s and was very active in his community.
He started a youth organization in 1968. “We had 300 kids, ten little league baseball teams, a track team, arts and crafts. We were trying to do everything we could to help the youth,” he said in 1999.
Winans is survived by wife, Delores, multi-Grammy award winning children: The Winans (Marvin, Carvin, Michael & Ronald who passed in June 2005 at age of 48); BeBe & CeCe, Daniel , Angie, Debbie, and eldest son David Winans II, and 23 grandchildren.
This is a vintage live performance from The Winans…
The original studio recording can be found on the 1990 album
David “Pop” Winans is a legend in Christian Gospel Music!
Even though life for me started at a very early age, in Chicago, nevertheless I was raised in Detroit, Michigan; but I didn’t hear about the Winans’ family until after I had moved to California, where I met Jesus and was saved.
All I know is from the first time I heard of the Winans family I have always loved their music, and in particular I have always loved to hear Pop Winans sing.
He was certainly the patriarch of his family, and what a talented and musical family he has.
Pop Winans could certainly get down, and he knew how to sing a song!
Certainly, it is plain to see where the family talent comes from, in both David and his beautiful wife of 55 years, Delores… affectionately called “Mom and Pop Winans.”
Finally, I’d like to leave you with this last video recording that was recorded of Pop Winans, with a few words of wisdom for all of us: