Ten On Ten: Jerry And The Singing Goffs

goffs1973liveheretonightmaxOne of the most popular series when I started Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row was the ten on ten feature.  It was me highlighting what I believe to be the ten best albums of an artist’s career.

The last ten on ten feature was in 2013 when I highlighted the ten best albums of the Perry Sisters.  In this new year, I wanted to return to the ten on ten feature and highlight artists never featured.  Today we take a look at the recording career of Jerry and the Singing Goffs.

goffs1975searchbookmaxThe ten best albums by Jerry and the Singing Goffs are as follows:

  1. Live Here Tonight (1973)
  2. Featuring Please Search The Book Again (1975)
  3. Live! (1984)
  4. Autumn (1984)
  5. Don’t Give Up (1986)
  6. I Am Blessed (1982)
  7. Praise The Lord (1979)
  8. Lasting Sounds (1971)
  9. This Way For Happiness (1981)
  10. This Is Love (1976)
  • goffs1984autumnmaxWith 26 albums in the group’s discography, the pinnacle of the Goffs recording career is the 1973 live album Live Here Tonight.  The album was recorded in Monroe NC and captured the group’s excitement with some of the group’s best material.
  • Jerry Goff’s trumpet playing was an integral part of the group’s success; around since the group started.  The instrumental captured on Live Here Tonight was one of the best.
  • The biggest chart success came with the song, “Please Search The Book Again”.  It was a #1 hit and the album, Featuring Please Search The Book Again, ranks 2nd among the group’s best recordings.
  • goffs1971lastingsoundsmaxAnother live recording finds a home in the top ten, Live!.  This 1984 album, recorded in Ashland KY, was the same concert the Singing American’s recorded their landmark album; Live And Alive.
  • Half the top ten are made up of albums released during the latter part of the group’s career.  The Goffs final album, Don’t Give Up, ranked 5th among the group’s best.  The group definitely went out on a high note.
  • Jerry Goff was also an integral part of the group when it came to the songs the group recorded.  He penned the majority of the Goff’s material.
  • One of the group’s earliest recordings, Lasting Sounds (1971), was a great start for the Goffs.  One of Jerry’s biggest compositions, “Where We Ever Shall Be” is found on this recording.
  • goffs1976lovemaxAfter the Goffs came off the road, Jerry maintained a presence in Southern Gospel music by becoming one of the industries greatest emcees.
  • In addition to the songs already mentioned, Jerry and the Singing Goffs introduced the following songs to the Southern Gospel listener:  “God’s Gonna Getcha For That”, “Guilty”, “His Name Lives On”, “I Am Blessed”, “I’ll Meet You On The Other Side Of Jordan”, “I’ll See You In The Rapture”, “Jesus Will Never Say No”, “Say I Do”, “Tears Will Stop This Side Of Heaven”, “That’s When He Wrote My Name”, “Tucked In With Jesus”, “What Cha Gonna Tell Him” and “When My Name Is Called In Glory”.
  • Jerry Goff ended up marrying another long time Southern Gospel personality; ‘Little’ Jan Buckner of Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters fame.
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Ten On Ten (Redux): Poet Voices

pvThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Poet Voices.  On May 7, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Poet Voices highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Poet Voices ten best recordings.

  1. Trust The Truth (1997)
  2. Timeless 1 (2001)
  3. Let It Be (2005)
  4. Our God Is Marching On (1993)
  5. Common Ground (1995)
  6. This Changes Everything (2001)
  7. Pilgrim Song (1999)
  8. Men Of His Word (2004)
  9. Steppin’ Stones (2006)
  10. Turn To The One (2002)

The lowest ranked albums in the Poet Voices discography are as follows:

  1. Worship Focus One (2007)
  2. Second Verse (2004)
  3. Hymns For The Journey  (2000)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Statesmen

StatesmenThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Statesmen.  On April 30, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Statesmen highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Statesmen’s ten best recordings.

  1. On Stage (1960)
  2. The Statesmen Quartet Sings With Hovie Lister (1958)
  3. The Statesmen Quartet With Hovie Lister (1957)
  4. A Gospel Concert (1963)
  5. Sing Brother Sing (1968)
  6. Hovie Lister Sings With His Famous Statesmen Quartet (1964)
  7. Get Away Jordan (1959)
  8. Through The States (1961)
  9. The Sensational Statesmen Quartet (1965)
  10. Revival (1992)

The lowest ranked albums in the Statesmen’s discography are as follows:

  1. God Loves American People (1969)
  2. He Is Here (1980)
  3. Precious Memories  (1974)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Anchormen

anchormen2008foundationsThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Anchormen.  On April 24, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Anchormen highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  Since that time the group released Journey (2013), Tapestry (2015) and Strength Renewed (2016).  None of the three changed the original top ten list.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Anchormen’s ten best recordings.

  1. Adoration (1995)
  2. Believe (2012)
  3. Nothing Less Than All (2003)
  4. In Concert (1992)
  5. On The Threshold (1991)
  6. Reflections Of Life (1999)
  7. Glory Ahead (2006)
  8. Come To The Fountain (1994)
  9. Heart Of The Matter (1989)
  10. Livin’ Our Dream (2005)

The lowest ranked albums in the Anchormen discography are as follows:

  1. Foundations (2008)
  2. Inspired (1984)
  3. Journey  (2013)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Singing Americans

singingamericans1981hymntime500This week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Singing Americans.  On April 16, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Singing Americans highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Singing Americans ten best recordings.

  1. Live And Alive (1984)
  2. Black And White (1985)
  3. On Stage (1992)
  4. Homecoming Live (1987)
  5. Sensational (1982)
  6. The Exciting Sounds (1981)
  7. Watch And Pray (1990)
  8. Wanted Live (1975)
  9. Everybody Ought To Praise His Name (1983)
  10. Hearts Of Praise, Songs Of Majesty (1986)

The lowest ranked albums in the Singing Americans discography are as follows:

  1. Hymntime (1981)
  2. Song Of Praise (1993)
  3. Our Tribute To God And Country  (1973)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Cathedrals

cathedrals1994raisetheroofmaxThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Cathedrals.  On March 13, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Cathedrals highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Cathedrals ten best recordings.

  1. Live In Atlanta (1983)
  2. High And Lifted Up (1993)
  3. Something Special (1982)
  4. Sunshine And Roses (1978)
  5. The Prestigious Cathedral Quartet (1984)
  6. Master Builder (1986)
  7. Symphony Of Praise (1987)
  8. I’ve Just Started Living (1989)
  9. For Keeps (1975)
  10. Focus On Glen Payne (1968)

The lowest ranked albums in the Cathedrals discography are as follows:

  1. Raise The Roof – 30th Anniversary (1994)
  2. Live In Jacksonville (1999)
  3. Worship His Glory: A Capella Praise  (1993)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Speer Family

SpeersThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Speer Family.  On March 6, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Speers highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Speer Family’s ten best recordings.

  1. Big Singing Day (1968)
  2. The King Is Coming (1971)
  3. He’s Still In The Fire (1989)
  4. Especially Warm (1975)
  5. In Concert (1972)
  6. The Speer Family Album (1955)
  7. Between The Cross And Heaven (1976)
  8. Sacred Hour (1963)
  9. Touring That City (1973)
  10. The Singing Speers (1960)

The lowest ranked albums in the Speers discography are as follows:

  1. Hymns Of Joy And Peace (1967)
  2. Garden Of Melody (1964)
  3. A Beautiful Day (1993)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Legacy Five

legacyfive2002heritagetwomax (275x263)This week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit Legacy Five. On February 28th, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for Legacy Five highlighting the group’s ten best albums. Since that time, the group released Count Your Blessings (2012), On Tour (2013), Great Day (2014) and Talkin About Heaven (2015).  One of these albums changed the original top ten list of the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will also shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career thus far.  First, the original list highlighting Legacy Five’s ten best recordings.

  1. London (2003)
  2. Live In Music City (2006)
  3. Monuments (2004)
  4. Heroes Of The Faith (2001)
  5. Know So Salvation (2007)
  6. Strong In The Strength (1999)
  7. God’s Been Good (2008)
  8. Give The World A Smile (2010)
  9. Just Stand (2009)
  10. A Wonderful Life (2011)

legacyfive2004heritagevolume3max (275x269)**NEW TOP TEN LIST:

  1. London (2003)
  2. Live In Music City (2006)
  3. Monuments (2004)
  4. Heroes Of The Faith (2001)
  5. Know So Salvation (2007)
  6. Strong In The Strength (1999)
  7. God’s Been Good (2008)
  8. Great Day (2014)
  9. Give The World A Smile (2010)
  10. Just Stand (2009)

The lowest ranked albums in Legacy Five’s discography are as follows:

  1. Heritage, Volume 2 (2002)
  2. Live At Oak Tree (2009)
  3. Heritage, Volume 3 (2004)