Several weeks ago I began a series honoring the best Southern Gospel albums released by decade. The rankings were a result of you, the readers, voting in the search for Southern Gospel’s best album series last year.
The Statesmen already found a home in the top five for the decade of the 1950’s with the album ranked 4th (The Bible Told Me So) and 3rd (The Statesmen Quartet With Hovie Lister). It just so happens the 1958 RCA Victor album, The Statesmen Quartet Sings With Hovie Lister is the album ranked #2 among the best released in the 1950’s.
The album contained such favorites as “I Know He Heard My Prayer”, “It’s A Wonderful Feeling”, “Nicodemus”, “Sea Walker” and “Stand By Me” among others. The vocal line up on this recording was Cat Freeman (tenor), Jake Hess (lead), Doy Ott (baritone), James Wetherington (bass) and Hovie Lister (pianist).
Here is a musical montage of the album ranked #2 among the best released in the 1950’s, The Statesmen Quartet Sings With Hovie Lister.