Friday, May 29, 2009

Rev. Paul Jones “I Won’t Complain”



Rev. Paul Jones (1960-1990) was the founding Pastor of New Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Rev. Jones was a dynamic preacher and singer whose life was cut short at the youthful age of 30 when he was murdered at his home in the Houston area in 1990. Also, Rev. Paul Jones is a lot of time credited with writing this song but Bishop William C. Abney originally wrote, “I won’t complain”.


Bishop Sang!!!



Bishop William C. Abney

22 comments:

Jo Lena Johnson said...

Dear Church Enthusiast. Thank you so much for your blog. I truly appreciate your showing the videos for "I Won't Complain" with the proper credit going to Bishop Abney, as well as placing the urls for the videos. I'm completing a book on 21st Century Christianity and thanks to the information you shared, I have some even richer content. I didn't realize that Rev Paul Jones had died under those circumstances either so, thanks again, and please keep up the great works! Blessings and God Speed to you, Jo Lena Johnson.

Anonymous said...

The orginal called I can't complain was written by a white country gospel singer back in the 70's. The first gospel rendition of the song was recorded by James Lenox of Chicago in 1982 (called God has been so good to me). Rev Jones and Bishop Abney popularized and took the song to a great level. All of the versions are awesome. It is just a great song.

Barb said...

I concur with Anonymous, a white country gospel singer and pastor indeed wrote I Won't Complain. His name is Bishop Don Johnson from Memphis. He is still living, though up in years now.

Anonymous said...

The gentleman who wrote "I can't complain" was the Rev Don Johnson from Memphis TN. Sadly Br Johnson passed away this past Tuesday. Br Johnson wrote many songs however "I can't complain" will always be my favorite.

Mark McCool said...

I've noticed that many attribute the writing of this song to the late Rev Paul Jones, but in truth, he was not the author of the song “I Won't Complain”. Rather, this great gospel song was actually written in 1974 by the late Rev. Don Johnson from Nashville, Tennesse, an ALJC pastor. The correct title to the song is actually “I Can’t Complain”, but has been changed over time. Very few words have been changed to the Rev. Johnson’s song for the version, ” I Won’t Complain”. Please go to You Tube to view Rev. Don Johnson himself singing this beautiful original song, “I Can’t Complain" @ http://youtu.be/p4ZH2YAB77c

friend of yours... said...

hi,
I was just introduced to the song,
"I Won't Complain".. when looking up the composer, some gave the credit to Rev. johnson, some to V. Micheal Mckay and yet others to Bishop William C. Abney...
I do believe Bishop Abney to be the true writer.
Whoever wrote it, I'm just thankful for the song!
FB

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