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Mr. Pickard was a trailblazer who played with a who's who of gospel, including The Rev. James Cleveland and the Voices of Tabernacle, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes. Pickard also taught in the Detroit Public School system as a music instructor. He is featured on two Savoy albums; one is an instrumental, and on the other he plays both keyboards and fronts the Pickard Singers. He also recorded with The Mighty Voices of Thunder. "Pee Wee" was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Detroit in 2001.
Herbert L. "Pee Wee" Pickard departed this world on Friday, February 19, 2016, at the age of 81. According to a posting on Mr. Pickard's Facebook page by a family member, he did not want a funeral and donated his body to science. His loss is mourned by family, friends, and all those touched by his amazing music ministry. (Click here for links to full bio and YouTube uploads of some of Pickard's recordings.)