The Cathedral Trio formed in 1963 with Bobby Clark, Danny Koker and Glen Payne. The name came about as a result of the group being formed at the Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, OH. George Younce would come aboard as bass singer in 1964 and the Cathedral Quartet was born.
The group struggled in the 1970’s trying to gain a foothold in the industry. The Cathedrals experienced quite a few personnel changes during the decade. It wasn’t until the early 1980’s that the group would find some stability and finally become a top-tier group.
The early 1980’s line up of Kirk Talley (tenor), Payne (lead), Mark Trammell (baritone), Younce (bass) and Roger Bennett (piano) won favorite group at the Singing News fan awards in ’82 and ’83. This line-up released two of the group’s biggest recordings with Something Special and Live In Atlanta.
The group didn’t miss a beat when Talley was replaced by Danny Funderburk in late ’83. By the time the 1990’s rolled around the Cathedrals were on top of the Southern Gospel world as the final line-up of Ernie Haase (tenor), Payne (lead), Scott Fowler (baritone), Younce (bass) and Bennett (piano) dominated that decade.
The Cathedrals legacy came to and end in 1999 when the group decided to retire. Original member Glen Payne ended up passing before the group was able to finish their final set of concerts. The group went out on top and the groups that were born out of the Cathedral legacy continue to find huge success in Southern Gospel music.
- The Cathedrals won 78 Singing News fan awards during the course of the career including song of the year in 1983 (“Step In To The Water”) and 1995 (“Jesus Has Risen”). The group was no stranger to the Dove awards winning a total of 14 during their career. Members of the Cathedrals that have been inducted in to the Southern Gospel music hall of fame include Roger Bennett (2007), Glen Payne (1997) and George Younce (1998). The group was also inducted in to the Gospel Music hall of fame in 1999.
- The Cathedrals influence is felt greatest in the many groups born of out their legacy: Greater Vision, Heartland Quartet, Legacy Five, Mark Trammell Quartet, Mercy’s Way, Perfect Heart and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.
- The many individuals who joined Glen and George over the years should not be forgotten: Roger Bennett, Bobby Clark, Haskell Cooley, Bill Dykes, Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Jim Garstang, Ernie Haase, Roger Horne, Danny Koker, Steve Lee, Lorne Matthews, Kirk Talley, Mark Taunton, Mark Trammell, Roy Tremble, George Amon Webster, Gerald Wolfe and Kurt Young.
- Hit Songs: “An Old Convention Song”, “Blood Washed Band”, “Boundless Love”, “Can He Could He Would He”, “Champion Of Love”, “Climbing Higher And Higher”, “Even Winds Whisper His Name”, “God Delivers Again”, “Gonna Shout All Over Heaven”, “Have You Visited Heaven Lately”, “He Loves Me”, “He Made A Change”, “Healing”, “I Can See The Hand”, “I Saw Love”, “In The Depths Of The Sea”, “It’s Alright”, “It’s Not What’s Over The Door”, “I’ve Been With Jesus”, “I’ve Just Started Living”, “I’ve Read The Back Of The Book”, “Jesus Is Right”, “Jesus Has Risen”, “Jesus Saves”, “The Last Sunday”, “The Laughing Song”, “Master Builder”, “Mexico”, “Movin’ Up To Gloryland”, “Plan Of Salvation”, “Romans 8:28”, “Sin Will Take You Farther”, “Somebody Loves Me”, “Somebody Touched Me”, “Step In To The Water”, “Still Drinking Water From The Well”, “Sunshine And Roses”, “That’s Just Like Jesus”, “Then Came The Morning”, “Then I Found Jesus”, “This Ole House”, “Thus Saith The Lord”, “Trying To Get A Glimpse”, “We Shall See Jesus”, “Wedding Music”, “Who Can Do Anything”, “Worthy The Lamb”, “Yesterday” and “You Can Walk On Water”.
- Best Album: Live In Atlanta (1983)
Of all the songs the Cathedrals recorded in their career, one of my favorites was “I Can See The Hand”. Here is a YouTube clip (published by BnCSGMusic) of the Cathedrals performing the song. Enjoy!