Joseph Niles Legendary Gospel Singer Died

Joseph Niles died age 75JOSEPH NILES the patriarch of gospel music in Barbados, according to reports, died last night after ailing for a number of years.

Known for putting his own stamp on a number of traditional gospel songs, Niles was once the upfront man of the Consolers who served as Barbados ambassadors through the Caribbean.

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Among his hits were This Train, Royal Telephone, Just A Rose Will Do, Live Your Religion, Walking Up The King’s Highway, A Little More Oil In My Lamp and De Devil Gone Mad.

He was described as a humble person who broke down a number of barriers with his interpretation of gospel music which sometimes found itself into the dancehall across the island.

Joseph Niles dead at age 75

  • RIP to a gospel legend who laid the foundation for so many other gospel artistes in an era that required hard work and sacrifice. He was appreciated and well-loved by many Barbadians and we thank God for his legacy. Rest in your Father’s arms.

  • It is with much sadness that I hear of the passing of Joseph Niles. I met him in Bridgetown many years ago, when my father introduced me to him, he was the Conductor on the bus my father drove for the Transport Board. I was a teenager in high school and he left a lasting impression on me. I, like all others shall miss him. Many of us would do well to examine his legacy and try to leave Barbados a better place than we found it.


    He may be gone, but he will always be remembered for his outstanding gospel music. I still have some of his cassettes which I slips into my player ever so often. R I P my brother.

  • Joseph Niles; gone, but will live on in the hearts and minds of many. My deepest condolences go out to his family, relatives, friends and fans. May his soul rest in eternal peace with the maker.

    My siblings and I first met Joseph Niles when he was a conductor on the Yonkers bus that took us to and from school. He was a very pleasant chap, barely out of his teens. He had the misfortune (good fortune perhaps) to break his wrist in a fight with a neighbor of ours which put an end to his conducting days for good, because in those days conductors had to traverse the running board of a bus in motion whilst collecting the fares.
    As a result of his accident Joseph Niles must have been able to devote all his time and passion to his music, because when next I heard of him he was singing gospel music and eventually snagged a recording from a local studio. He never looked back, and eventually became one of the better known products of the burgeoning music industry in Barbados.

    • He was supposed to break his arm, otherwise if he had kept on the bus, he probably could have missed what God had in store for him. Everything goes accordingly to God’s plans for you. Joseph made us cry and he made us laugh, with his music. We will miss him deeply, but will continue to rejoice each time we hear or play his music….I will. My Condolences to his family and friends.

    • in God we trust

    • An Old Friend, A pal and A Brother,,,,We were in our Teens when I Showed Joseph His First GUITAR CHORD, It was After A young people Service at his Church where I sang A song and he was very Impressed with my Guitar playing and ask me To show him Some thing,,,He Borrowed The Guitar That night and I never Saw Again For many Weeks… We were Good pals , He and his Group Also Supported me on Bajan Gospel Hall in 1976 as my backing Group ,,, I WAS WELCOMED INTO HIS HOME when I came over for my Father’s Funeral, 1999,,, We always had Good Fellowship up until he was unable to Remember people because of his illness….He did A great Job,, He finished His Race ,,,R.I.P. my Friend and Brother…Be ever Blessed.
      RIP Joseph Niles, you did a lot for Caribbean gospel music, your music will continue to inspire many. JP.

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