Sister Lucille Pope Alexander

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Lucille Pope's

Pearly Gates

Sister Lucille Pope Alexander

Is an American gospel musician, and leader of The Pearly Gates. Her first album, Nancey Jackson, was released by Savoy Records in 1991. She released music as singles throughout the 1960s and 1970s, yet no albums were recorded. Her albums came out in the 1990s with Atlanta International Records, with The Great Reunion, being their only release to chart on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart.


​Sister Lucille Pope was born on January 12, 1936 in Concord, Georgia as Lucille Hall, where she was the youngest child in the family of eight siblings.  The Pearly Gates were formed in the 1960s by her and two of her brothers and a brother-in-law. The first iteration included her husband, Willie Pope, yet he died before they joined Nashboro Records in 1975, so her second husband, Louis Alexander, became part of the group.

Their first recording was distributed locally in 1964, "Almighty God" with Lucille Pope as the lead singer, and a second single, "Early One Morning" with Larry Bivins in the leading role.[1] This would get national exposure, when Vee-Jay Records put the songs out nationally. They would release a single with Chess Records in 1965, "Jesus Tore My Heart to Pieces", which was successful at radio. Nashboro Records would sign them in 1975, and release "Somebody's Gone", which was a ballad, yet the label would shortly be defunct. So, they picked up the pieces and joined Atlanta International Records in 1982. This would be the label that would release six albums from the group, with one of them charting, The Great Reunion, which was released on May 22, 1990. The album placed at No. 24 on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart.

In October 2019 her sons and members of the Pearly Gates decided to rename the group in honor of continuing Lucille's legacy and now they are known as 

Lucille Pope's Pearly Gates

(born January 12, 1936,died September 26, 2019)