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Anthony John Burger (June 5, 1961February 22, 2006) was an American musician and singer. June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... February 22 is the 53rd day of every year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI in Roman) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After suffering third degree burns on his hands at eight months of age, Burger’s doctor told his parents he wouldn’t likely be able to move his hands in the future. Despite the odds, Burger was healed. At the age of five, he was accepted at the Cadek Conservatory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A child prodigy, Burger was playing classical piano repertoire within a few years. Nickname: Scenic City (official), River City, Chatty, Chatt-Town, Chattavegas Motto: Official website: http://www. ...


Burger’s first recording, Anthony Burger At The Lowry Organ was released in 1975 when he was 14 years old. He joined the Kingsmen Quartet while still a teen and remained with them until 1992. During that time, Burger recorded nineteen projects with the group and was voted the Favorite Pianist in the Singing News Fan Awards for an unprecedented ten years. The award was renamed the "Anthony Burger Award" for several years after that. During this period, Burger presented the award to the winner each year, but was ineligible to receive it. The Singing News Inspired by the Gospel Music Association’s newsletter (Good News) first published in January 1969, J. G. Whitfield started his own publication called The Singing News just five months later. ...


In 1992, Burger left the Kingsmen Quartet to pursue a career as a solo pianist. He joined the Gaither Homecoming Tour the following year and was featured on more than 65 Homecoming videos. Burger continued to release piano solo recordings and headline concerts, but his solo schedule was balanced by about 80 Gaither Homecoming dates per year. Adding more variety to his schedule, Burger formed an impromptu sideline group with Ivan Parker and Kirk Talley around 1998 called “The Trio.” The group performed at several events each year. (Shane Dunlap later replaced Parker.)


Over the course of his career, Burger released a number of piano folios, permitting fellow keyboard players to perform his arrangements.


The Hazelton Brothers piano company honored Burger just after the turn of the century when they began offering an “Anthony Burger Signature” model. Then in late 2005, it was announced by Steinway & Sons that Burger was being added to their exclusive roster of endorsing artists, making him the first Southern Gospel pianist to ever hold that honor. The Steinway & Sons logo Steinway & Sons is a piano maker based in New York City and Hamburg, Germany. ...


The joy over this appointment was short-lived, however. On February 22, 2006, Burger died of an apparent heart attack while performing on stage during a Gaither cruise. According to eyewitnesses, Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, and Guy Penrod were singing "Hear My Song, Lord" with Burger backing them on piano when fans in the audience noticed Burger had ceased moving, his hands clenched into fists over the keyboard. Several fellow artists lifted him and carried him back stage where the cruise ship's emergency response team performed CPR for about 45 minutes, but couldn't revive him. Burger was only 44 years old when he passed away. Bill and Gloria Gaither Bill Gaither (born March 28, 1936) is an American singer and songwriter of southern gospel and Contemporary Christian music. ... Gloria Gaither is a songwriter for gospel music, along with her husband, Bill Gaither. ... Guy Penrod is a gospel singer who worked as a studio singer in Nashville since the early 80s. ...


 
 

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