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Joe Ligon Net Worth, Wife, Death, Biography

Joe Ligon Net Worth – $3 million

What was Joe Ligon’s net worth at the time of his death? Who was Joe Ligon married to?


Joe Ligon was an American gospel singer best known as the dynamic frontman of the Grammy-winning gospel group ”Mighty Clouds of Joy.”

The group’s signature songs included Walk Around Heaven, Nearer My God to Thee, and I’ve Been in the Storm Too Long.


He was born on October 11, 1936, in Troy, Alabama, USA, as Willie Joe Ligon.

His grandfather was a preacher, while his father sang in a gospel quartet.

At age 14, Ligon moved to LA to live with his uncle. There, he attended Jefferson High School.

The Mighty Clouds of Joy

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Joe Ligon performs onstage (with the Mighty Clouds of Joy) at a Noon BAM – @Getty

The Mighty Clouds of Joy was formed in LA in 1959.

The original group members included:

  • David Walker;
  • Ligon;
  • Leon Polk;
  • Richard Wallace;
  • Elmo Franklin;
  • Artis Turnbough;
  • Ermant Franklin Jr.;
  • Johnny Martin.

The group was influenced by The Temptations, an American vocal group that released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles.

”The Mighty Clouds of Joy” signed a deal with Peacock Records gospel label.

In 1960, the group released a single, titled – ”Steal Away to Jesus.”

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In 1964, The Mighty Clouds of Joy released their debut album, called ”Family Circle” via Peacock Records. It was followed by ”A Bright Side” in 1965.

In 1977, the band released two albums, ”Live and Direct” and ”The Truth Is the Power.”

In 1979, ”The Mighty Clouds of Joy” received a Grammy Award for the album ”Live and Direct.” In the same year, they released the album ”Changing Times,” which also earned them a Grammy Award.

In 1990, they released the album ”Pray for Me.” In 1992, ”The Mighty Clouds of Joy” received another Grammy Award for best traditional soul gospel album (Pray for Me).

”We were one of the first groups to do contemporary gospel,” Ligon said during a 1993 interview. He added: ”And we got stoned for it.”


Joe Ligon married Peggy Reece in 1968.


Ligon had eight daughters, named: Ericka, La Tonya, Dawn, La Tisha, Patricia, Adrenia, Clarice, and Debra.

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Joe Ligon net worth


Joe died on December 11, 2016, at age 80. The singer once said: ”Gospel singers don’t retire, you know, they just die doing what they do.”

”My prayers go out to Joe’s family, friends, loved ones, and fans,” said gospel singer BeBe Winans. ”Such a loss to us all.”

”While we mourn the loss of a very good and humble man, we also celebrate his remarkable life as one of the most successful Artists in Gospel Music History,” said Ligon’s manager, Pastor Isaac Lindsey.


”I just love what I do.”

”I grew up with gospel music in my blood and on my mind.”


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Joe Ligon of The Mighty Clouds of Joy performs during the Gospel Brunch at day 1 of the IEBA 2013 Conference – @Getty

”The Mighty Clouds of Joy” have shared the stage with Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, and The Rolling Stones.

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Joe Ligon – Net Worth

So, how much was Joe Ligon worth at the time of his death?

Ligon earned most of his wealth from being part of ”The Mighty Clouds of Joy.” The band released 31 albums, including – Down Memory Lane, In the House of the Lord: Live in Houston, Pray for Me, Sing and Shout, The Truth Is the Power, Mighty Clouds of Joy Live, Live at Music Hall, and Family Circle.

Therefore, at the time of his death, gospel singer Joe Ligon had an estimated net worth of $3 million.

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Lorene Downing

Wednesday 31st of May 2023

I loved him...had church many a day in my home listening yo Joe singing. I miss you but I can't wait yo sing with you in that heavenly choir. I miss you... We will meet again in that heavenly choir! Lorene

James Hill

Thursday 8th of December 2022

I'm not if anybody can tell me have Joe look on song on the same show with Sam Cooke and the soul stirrers and mighty clouds

James Oliver (The FAYETTE Spiritual Aires)

Sunday 17th of April 2022

Joe was the greatest. He inspired so many gospel groups. His legacy will live forever

Quincy McGill, Jr.

Saturday 16th of April 2022



Saturday 16th of April 2022