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Cortelyou Odell Badgett
4 Sep 1905 – 21 Feb 1978

Cleonia Ardella Badgett
7 Sep 1928 – 25 Dec 1991
Cortelyou Odell Badgett
22 Jan 1930 – 4 Sep 1973


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About Celester Badgett

Celester Badgett is a member of the Badgett Family.

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The family was famous for its singing talents, including "The Badgett Sisters": Celester, Connie, and Cleonia. Old Highway #62 that runs south from Yanceyville, North Carolina, was renamed The Badgett Sisters Parkway.

Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 96 (Article #28 "The Badgett Family" by Connie Steadman)

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The Badgett Sisters of Caswell County won a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1990 for singing spirituals, hymns, and gospel songs in the jubilee style, a form of unaccompanied close harmony learned from their father, Cortelyou Odell Badgett (1905-1978). Their albums include Just A Little While to Stay Here and The Voice That Refused. Badgett Sisters Parkway in Caswell County was named in their honor. (Courtesy Connie Badgett Steadman.)

Title: The Badgett Sisters--Gospel Singers
Author: Sharpe, Bill
Source: North Carolina Folklore Journal (NoCar GR 110 N8 N6), 1997, Vol. 44 Issue 1 and 2, p19-20
Abstract: Connie, Cleonia, and Celester Badgett learned to harmonize under their father's direction. They sing in the jubilee style, a form popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They received a 1990 N.C. Folk Heritage Award for continuing the gospel tradition.
Subject: Gospel Music; Badgett Sisters; Gospel musicians--Yanceyville

THE BADGETT SISTERS: JUST A LITTLE WHILE TO STAY HERE. Global Village C 214. Cassette. Trained in harmony singing by their Baptist quartet-leader father, the three Badgett sisters continue a family tradition of unaccompanied harmony singing begun in 1933. They learned most of the quartet-style hymns, gospels, jubilees, and spirituals in this collection during their childhoods in rural Caswell County, North Carolina. Later they incorporated songs they feel are important to African American heritage, such as "Wade In the Water." All of the Badgetts' arrangements are original. The album closes with one of their father's "one-man quartets," an overdubbed recording in which the late Cortelyou Badgett, Sr. sings all four parts. Notes by Glenn Hinson. Contemporary/African American/Gospel.

Connie Badgett Steadman

?Miss Connie B? learned her masterful delivery of music and message from her father, Cortelyou Badgett, an experienced a cappella singer who formed The Badgett Family, a group originally comprised of the eldest three of his eight children, ages 4-6, to pass on traditional African American gospel singing. She began singing in the group in 1944, at the age of five. The group later became known as The Badgett Sisters, featuring Connie and her siblings, Cleonie and Celester. From her mother, Caroline G. Badgett, a phenomenal storyteller, Connie inherited her talent and love of storytelling. In their career, The Badgett Sisters carried their message of warmth and good feeling from Caswell County, NC to Chicago, IL; from New York?s Carnegie Hall to Brisbane, Australia. They became a mainstay of North Carolina?s popular Black Folk Heritage Tour, which showcased the traditional performing arts of the state?s African American heritage. The sisters went on to record memorable favorites such as Give Me Wings, Just a Little While To Stay Here, and The Voice That Refused to Die. Connie now carries on the family tradition in an inspiring solo act. Connie is a recipient of the state?s highest recognition in the folk arts, the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, and the Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society.