Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Randy Sparks is dead. The musician died in a retirement home

The musician’s death was confirmed by the editors of “The New York Times” in an interview with the musician’s son, Kevin. Before moving to a nursing home, the artist lived on a ranch north of San Francisco.

Randy Sparks was born in 1933, and took his first steps in the music industry in the 1950s. However, the breakthrough in his career came in the early 1960s, when he founded a 14-voice band New Christy Minstrels.

After signing a deal with Columbia Records, the group released “New Christy Minstrels PresentingThe New Christy Minstrels”for which the band won a Grammy for best choral performance.

In 1962, the band appeared regularly on the show “The Andy Williams Show”, and then released their second album “The New Christy Minstrels In Person”.

The group released a total of 20 albums, and their songs gained popularity on American radio stations: “Green, Green”, “Saturday Night”, “Today”, “Denver” and “This Land Is Your Land.”

In 1970, they performed during the fourth Super Bowl. Their popularity gradually began to slow down with the development of new musical trends. The New York Times notes that just before Beatlemania broke out in the United States, Randy Spark’s group was extremely popular, selling 2 million records in three years.

Sam Sparks retired from the band in the mid-1960s and focused on being a manager. Before that, he sold his shares in the band’s company for $2.4 million and moved to northern California.