Gospel star Rance Allen, whose band Rance Allen drew on contemporary sounds for 1970s hits such as “Ain’t No Need of Crying” and “I Belong To You,” and anticipated crossover gospel artists such as The Winans and Amy Grant, has passed away at 71.Allen’s wife, Ellen Allen, and manager Toby Jackson announced in a joint statement that Allen passed away early Saturday (October 31) while recovering from a “medical intervention” at Heartland ProMedica in Sylvania. , Ohio. Allen was a longtime resident of Toledo, Ohio and more recently Bishop of the Church of God in Christ for Northwest Michigan Harvest Jurisdiction.
“I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Gospel Great, Bishop Rance Allen,” singer Gloria Gaynor tweeted. “He will surely enrich the heavenly choir now.