Blessed Community Gospel Choir

Cliff Sawyer

Cliff Sawyer was born and raised in Key West and has been singing since he was four years old.  The first song he ever sang was "Bad, Bad Whiskey" could make you lose your happy home. Cliff sang in his church choir and at Douglas Elementary School. He played the kettle drums in his elementary school band but has mainly been a vocalist. He continued to sing while attending Key West High School and graduated in 1966.  Andy Johnson, Cliff’s friend at Key West High School, played guitar while Cliff sang.

Cliff remembers hearing street corner bands in the 1940's that included Fats Navarro singing and playing outside his window.  Cliff’s father played the trombone with Fats Navarro. 

Cliff occasionally sat in with Coffee Butler at the Hukilau on North Roosevelt and usually sang an Al Green song "Let’s Stay Together.” In 2005, Cliff organized a concert at the Tennessee Williams Theater. The orchestra included many Key West musicians.   Performing in such a huge room was quite a contrast from the intimate clubs Cliff was used to. He said when he walked on the stage he couldn't see anyone in the cavernous venue because of the lighting. The concert included a special guest performance by Coffee Butler, who was introduced with a special rendition of "My Buddy.”  Coffee walked on stage and sang "A Wonderful World" with Cliff.

By Ralph De Palma
Soul of Key West

$40.00 - $45.00


The Blessed Community Gospel Choir along with Lofton "Coffee" Butler and Cliff Sawyer present a night of gospel music.

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Key West Theater