Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  The Freemans were birthed out of the family of group member Darrell Freeman.  Darrell’s parents and siblings traveled as the Pathways during the 1970s.

After Darrell married Chris, she left the Hinsons and traveled with the Pathways for a couple of years before the group decided to change their name to the Freemans.  The first Freemans album (1983) included Darrell’s parents and brother.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  John Stemberg sang baritone with the Anchormen for a couple of years between 1998 and 2000.  I believe the only album John recorded with the Anchormen was Reflections Of Life (1999).

John left the Anchormen to try his hand at acting.  He wrote the screenplay and acted in a 2006 crime drama film, Legit.  John also did some theater, acting in a stage production of The Beverly Hillbillies.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Squire Parsons is one of Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriters, as well as one of the greatest baritone singers to ever grace a Southern Gospel stage.

After his exit from the Kingsmen in the late ’70s, Squire ventured out as a solo artist.  During the 1980’s, Squire released about a half-dozen trio recordings as Squire Parsons and Redeemed. Then in the late ’90s, Squire had the Squire Parsons Trio.

Did you know, that in 1992, Squire released one quartet album as the Squire Parsons Quartet.  Other Kingsmen greats, Ernie Phillips (tenor) and Arthur Rice (lead) were a part of this one of a kind album.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  It is commonplace in the Southern Gospel music industry for singers to perform with more than one group in the span of their career.

Then you have those special moments when several veteran singers come together.  Such is the case with the Landmark Quartet. Many readers are not familiar with the Landmark Quartet considering they were around in the late 1960’s.

The group was composed of Mack Evans (also with Old Time Gospel Hour Trio/Weatherfords) singing tenor, Carroll Rawlings (also with the Rhythm Masters) singing lead, Don Norman (also with Old Time Gospel Hour Trio) singing baritone, Buddy Liles (also with the Florida Boys) singing bass and Lorne Matthews (also with the Cathedrals) playing piano.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Please allow me to indulge in a bit of shameless self promotion.  Did you know that Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row has a companion YouTube channel.  It’s sole purpose of keeping Southern Gospel music from the 60s/70s/80s/90s alive.

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All of this was also to say thanks to my readers for allowing me (7) years now to provide you my insights on Southern Gospel music through Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Roger Fortner, currently with the McKameys, has had a long career dating back to the early 1970’s with the Inspirations.  Roger also spent time with the Singing Americans, Hoppers and the Greenes at one time in his career.  Roger has only showed his singing prowess over the course of the last decade with the McKameys.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  The Paynes are credited with releasing the first concept video in Southern Gospel music, with their hit single, “I’m A Jesus Fan”.

Other artists followed giving Southern Gospel several concept videos in the 1980’s.  Do you remember these?