HISTORY Nothing Between, Stand By Me, We'll Understand it Better - Charles Tindley... His mother died when he was five, making him an orphan. His aunt raised him until he was old enough to be hired out... but his master never allowed him to go to church and threatened him with a whip. As a child, Mr. Tindley never received any formal schooling. After the War Between the States, he became free, and from sheer determination at the age of 17, he taught himself to read and write. See link.