November 26, 2005

Member of a cappella quartet dies

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Wilson "Lit" Waters, Jr.,
a member of the Grammy Award-winning Fairfield Four gospel
group, has died at his Nashville home of cancer, family members
said. He was 74.

Waters, who died on Thursday, became a member of the black
a cappella band in 1982. Founded in the early 1920s, the
Fairfield Four launched its career in radio then broke up in
the 1950s when radio formats changed.

The quartet reformed with different members in 1980 and
Waters, a tenor, joined other members in winning two Grammys --
for best traditional soul gospel album "I Couldn't Hear Nobody
Pray" in 1998, and for contributions to the hit movie
soundtrack "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in 2002.

In 1989, the Fairfield Four was awarded a National Heritage
Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.