- Bear Family Records
1939 The future Blind Boys of Alabama — including co-founders Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter and George Scott — meet at the Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind, and begin performing at nearby military camps as the Happy Land Jubilee Singers.
1945 The singers drop out of school in order to begin touring the gospel circuit.
1947 Original lead singer Velma Bozman Traylor dies in a gun accident.
1948 A New Jersey promoter books Fountain and company on a bill alongside Mississippi's Jackson Harmonaires, advertising it as the "Battle of the Blind Boys." The groups then change their respective names to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. The Blind Boys of Alabama go on to release their poignant first single, "I Can See Everybody's Mother (But I Can't See Mine)."
1953 The Blind Boys begin recording for Art Rupe's Specialty Records, whose roster ranges from Sam Cooke's gospel group The Soul Stirrers to rock 'n' roll pioneers Lloyd Price and Little Richard.
1969 After nearly two dozen Blind Boys of Alabama releases for the Savoy, Veejay, Specialty, HOB, Palda and Keen labels, Clarence Fountain takes leave of the group to pursue a decade-long solo career.
1983 The Blind Boys' career resurgence begins with their casting in the off-broadway production of The Gospel at Colonus, a retelling of Oedipus at Colonus set in a Black Pentacostal church.
1988 The Gospel at Colonus moves to Broadway, bringing the group unprecedented acclaim. The production is nominated for both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize.
1992 The Blind Boys earn their first Grammy nomination with a Booker T. Jones-produced cover of Bob Dylan's "I Believe in You."
2002 Spirit of the Century, the group's first release on Peter Gabriel's Real World label, wins a Grammy for Best Traditional Gospel Album. The group returns the favor by appearing on Gabriel's Up album.
2004 The Blind Boys win two Grammys for There Will Be a Light, a collaboration with Ben Harper.
- Bill Lax
2005 Founding baritone vocalist George Scott dies at the age of 75, leaving co-founders Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter to carry on the group's legacy.
2009 The Blind Boys release their eclectic Duets album, featuring guest appearances by Solomon Burke, Lou Reed and a dozen others.
2011 The group releases Take the High Road, a country album that includes Hank Williams Jr. singing a cover of his famous father's "I Saw the Light."
2013 Bon Iver bandleader Justin Vernon produces the Blind Boys album I'll Find a Way Out, with guest performers ranging from singer-songwriter Patty Griffin to experimental pop act Tune-Yards.
2017 The Blind Boys headline Blues Under the Bridge and tour to preview material from their forthcoming album, Almost Home.