Most Influential – #35 – Dixie Melody Boys

Dixie Melody BoysThe most influential series continues this week with the artist I rank #35 among Southern Gospel’s most influential artists; the Dixie Melody Boys.

The industry has already given the Dixie Melody Boys the moniker of ‘Ed O’ Neal University’.  Ed took on young talent in Southern Gospel music that went on to find larger roles and exposure in other groups.  Ed O’Neal still finds strong young talent as is evidenced by his current group.

The Dixie Melody Boys even took a style change in the mid 1980’s to establish a country presence in Southern Gospel music.  While it may not have been successful at that specific time, it would foster the growth of country-style artists within Southern Gospel music.


  • dixiemelodyboys1982unclejesse250Ed O’Neal has been at the helm of the Dixie Melody Boys for nearly 50 years.  Ed was also inducted in to the Southern Gospel music hall of fame in 2004.
  • Lets take a look at some of the young talent that passed through the Dixie Melody Boys in which Ed O’Neal had influence on their future careers:  Derrick Boyd (Heaven Bound, Kingsmen), McCray Dove (Dove Brothers), Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision), Dan Keeton (Gold City), Devin McGlamery (New River, Signature Sound), Jonathan Price (Dove Brothers), Harold Reed (Florida Boys, Kingsmen, LeFevre Quartet), Derrick Selph (Brian Free & Assurance), Dustin Sweatman (Mark Trammell Quartet) and Bryan Walker (Perrys).
  • Hit Songs:  “Antioch Church Choir”, “Don’t Point A Finger”, “Even So Come”, “Gonna Ride That Glory Cloud”, “Good Ole Boys”, “Guilty Of Love”, “He Came Back”, “I Won’t Compromise”, “I’ll Be Living That Way”, “Lord Don’t Move That Mountain”, “Sending Up Some Boards”, “Too Much Thunder” and “When I Cross To The Other Side Of Jordan”.
  • Best Album:  Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse) (1982)

Here is a YouTube clip I found of the Dixie Melody Boys (DMB Band) from 1985 performing “Good Ole Boys”.  Enjoy!


One thought on “Most Influential – #35 – Dixie Melody Boys

  1. I really miss the more country sounding DMB – wish I could find that stuff on CD somewhere. I’ve been to a few Dixie Melody Boys concerts, and have some of their later albums, but the country stuff is head and shoulders above the other stuff in my opinion.

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