Don't You Want To Go (CAS) - The Dixons, "Sympathy Holidays"





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Published on Jun 26, 2013

The Dixons, "Sympathy Holidays" Cassette Release date August 8, 1997
During his early childhood, he had it hard coming up through the years. At his death, he was labeled as a store clerk. But in the gospel music world, he was The Voice, and was respected by many great gospel artists like The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, The Violinaires, The Williams Brothers, and The Jackson Southernaires. Even to this day, no other voice in the world of gospel music stands out like the voice of Don Linzy Dixon. Yet he is unsung, and very little was recorded about his life and his contribution to gospel music. Don Linzy Dixon, born Linzy Don Dixon, December 6, 1953, was the son of a Baptist preacher who sang his way out of the cotton fields of Georgetown, MS and into the hearts of many. Linzy, who was the founder, creator, coordinator, songwriter, and front man of The Dixon Singers, could elevate his voice to a very high pitch, keep it there for what seemed like forever, and finally bring it back down to a fiery preaching voice. The Dixons' "Take A Message To Heaven" album, recorded in 1979, not only began pushing the group to the top of the gospel music charts , but it also made them first gospel group in the state of Mississippi to ever record a double volume album. The album contained 16 songs, five of which were recorded live. Today the "Take a Message to Heaven" album is considered a classic, and is probably one of the most sought after gospel albums of all time. In 1980, Don Linzy Dixon's life was cut short at the hands of Leo Edwards and Michael White for less than $100 during an early morning stick-up at a Stop-N-Go convenience store in Jackson, MS. He was only 26 years old. At the time of the his death, and even the nine years leading up to the execution of Leo Edwards, very little was mentioned of Dixon's singing career and his contribution to gospel music. The news media labeled him as a store clerk and Dixon's mark on state history was being the victim of the last person to be killed by the gas chamber. Now, more than 30 years after his death of a video documentary, "The Don Linzy Dixon Story," is set for completion and will be released in 2013. Memorabilia, photos of Dixon's life, interviews from his family, fans, and friends provide and in-depth look into the singer's life. Steve Collins, the Dixon's drummer, started researching Dixon's life in 1991. Several months later, there was a huge set back in the research when Collins realized that a few years after Linzy's death, the Dixon family home was destroyed by fire along with a life-time of recorded memories. Collins soon aborted the project until 2006, when he decided to continue the research and look for information elsewhere. He says it has been very difficult because so many years elapsed after Dixon's death before research began. However, the documentary is finally beginning to come together and its completion and release date is set for some time in 2013. Anyone who has or knows someone who has pictures, new articles, concert tickets, flyers, video (on any format: 8mm , Hi 8, VHS, Beta, DVD, etc.) or any memorabilia of Don Linzy and the Dixons dating back to the early 1970s and beyond and would like to submit their material to be included in the documentary can do so, but PLEASE HURRY. If anyone would like to do a video interview (childhood friend, classmate, fan etc) to be included, please call. Collins says he hopes the documentary will help educate people about the music history of not only Copiah County, but Mississippi as well, and maybe someday see Don Linzy Dixon's name inducted in the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame and or perhaps a monument in memory of his birth in his hometown in Georgetown, Mississippi. For more info about the documentary, you can Google or YouTube "Don Linzy Dixon 2013" or "svccproductions". Feel free to post comments and view 12 other music videos of The Dixons dating back to 1987-2006. You can also go to Steve Collins' Facebook page or contact Steve Collins directly.

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