NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Rev. Claude Jeter, known for his gospel singing with the group the Swan Silvertones, has died in New York at the age of 94, his niece says.
Jeter's niece, Gwendolyn Davis, confirmed the co-founder of the Silvertones died Tuesday of unspecified causes, ending a musical career that was highly influential to pop singers during the 1950s and '60s, The New York Times said Sunday.
While enjoying a widely credited yet non-profitable career with the Silvertones, Jeter became a minister for the Church of Holiness Science.
Shortly after being ordained in 1963, Jeter left the gospel group and only performed occasionally while living in New York.
Davis is Jeter's only surviving immediate relative, The Times said.