Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Kirk Talley and brother Roger Talley sang with their sister Diane in the early 1970’s.  The trio recorded two albums before Roger would go on to join the Hopper Brothers and Connie as pianist, in 1974.

Kirk would eventually join the Hopper Brothers and Connie by the late 1970’s before making his was to the Cathedral Quartet as tenor.

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Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  You’ll be hard pressed to find a songwriter who hasn’t sung at some point during their career.  Such is the case with songwriting legend, Elmer Cole.

Elmer Cole is most known for writing the Southern Gospel classic, “Ten Thousand Years”.  Other noted Cole compositions include “I Found The Answer”, “I’m Looking For Jesus”, “One Day Closer Home”, “Restless Hearts”, “Something I Can Feel” and “What You’ve Done For Me”.

Elmer had a brief stint with the Statesmen and Kenny Parker Trio before joining Willie Wynn and the Tennesseans.  Speaking of Kenny Parker, he spent several years with the Rambos as pianist.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  There was a Southern Gospel quartet, out of Texas, in the 1970’s known as the Singing Christians.  Great name for a Gospel group, but the Christian came as a result of three brothers in the group (last name Christian).

When quite a few Southern Gospel artists flirted with country music in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, the Singing Christians decided to change their name to the Mercy River Boys and record two albums with country-style Gospel music.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Most songwriters at some point during their career also sang.  Think of names like Bill Gaither, Jeff Gibson, Tim Greene, Rodney Griffin, Marcia Henry, Harold Lane, Squire Parsons, Dottie Rambo and the countless others who perform(ed) their own compositions.

Jack Campbell, who is most known for writing “I Know A Man Who Can” and “Oh What A Happy Day”, had a group in the 1970’s known as the Ambassadors.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Debra Talley began her singing career with a group out of Memphis Tennessee known as the Song Masters.  The group also had songwriter Marcy Kelsey and Marcy’s son, Dale Shipley; who later would become known for his lead singing with Perfect Heart and now Freedom Quartet.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  On this Indigenous People’s Day, we honor America’s Native American heritage and culture.  It is important we remember those who made America home way before European settlers arrived.  And for many, like myself, it is a time to honor our Native American ancestry.

Did you know, Southern Gospel music, has been graced with several Native American artists.  The first and most prominent would be the Klaudt Indian Family out of North Dakota.  Their history in music dates back to 1929.

More recently Southern Gospel music had the Jody Brown Indian Family and solo artist Quinton Mills.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?: Some readers of this blog may have the same story.  On September 11, 2001 I was at the National Quartet Convention.  I had flown into Louisville Kentucky the day before to enjoy the week-long event.

As the reality set in on the events that took place, the days following I remember wondering if air travel would start back up and I would get home.  I did.

As through many other times in my life, Southern Gospel music was there to comfort.  We are now 16 years out and today we honor all those lost.