Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Southern Gospel artists had to be good at lip syncing in the 1980s.  There was a television program on during most of the decade, Sing Out America, hosted by Rusty Goodman, Kelly Nelon and Bill Traylor.  Many times artists simply lip synced to their latest recording since the program was recorded in a studio.

There is no more evidence of the fact than seeing Gold City lip sync to their 1986 live recording, Double Take Live.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Gerald Sweatman is a noted Southern Gospel songwriter.  One of his most known compositions is probably “Gonna Ride The Glory Cloud”, made popular by the Dixie Melody Boys.

Did you know that in the 1980’s Gerald Sweatman was a member of the Liberty Quartet, out of Georgia.  Gerald is also the father of former Mark Trammell Quartet member Dustin Sweatman.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  The Sisters siblings, Heather Bennett, Kim Sheffield and Valerie Medkiff are daughters of Brenda Ruppe.  At one time during their career, all three women traveled with their mother as the Ruppes.

The Ruppes became a household name in the late 1990s with their hit single, “Under His Wings”.  The Ruppes also became the first all female group to garner a #1 song on the Singing News radio singles chart, with “Angels In The Room”.

Did you know the Ruppes recorded their first album in 1975 when Heather and Kim were just girls.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Did you know famed Kingsmen tenor, Johnny Parrack sang a short time in the late 1970’s with a group out of Alabama by the name of the Heismen.

Johnny also recorded several solo recordings in the early 1980’s.  At the time Triumphant Quartet needed to change their name from their original Integrity Quartet moniker, they reached out to Johnny Parrack for permission.  The reason, because he had a group at the time by the name of Johnny Parrack and Triumphant.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  James McFall penned the Southern Gospel classic, “Thank God I’m Free”.  Did you know, his children traveled in the early 1990’s as the McFalls.

The group introduced another of James’ hits, “I Still Trust You”.  The McFalls had a top 40 hit with the song.  It would later be recorded by the Dunaways and Isaacs.

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.