Southern Gospel Clones

In the case of today’s post, a clone is an artist that duplicates, imitates or closely resembles another artist in appearance, performance or style.

Today’s post is not meant to be a bad thing (as in the myriad of carbon copy artists in the industry), but one that will take a Southern Gospel artist from the past and match them to an artist of today that best resembles/carries on the sound of the great artist of the past.  I will continue this feature with several more posts.

  • Downings match is the Taylors
  • Florida Boys match is Freedom Quartet
  • Happy Goodmans match is the Perrys
  • Hinsons match is the Hinson Family
  • Mid South Boys match is Akins
  • Oak Ridge Boys match is Triumphant

So with the artists in today’s grouping, do you agree with my choices or do you feel other artists match closer to the great artists of the past?

Best Album Openers: “Two Winning Hands”

hinsons1982hinsongsmaxLets start a new week by taking a look at another of Southern Gospel’s best album openers.

That opening song on an album sets the tone for the entire recording.  It sets the listener up for whats in store.

The second song in the series comes from the Hinsons’ 1982 recording, Hinsongs.  “Two Winning Hands” is one of several great album openers from the group.

One of the many songs from the pen of Ronny Hinson; a true master composer.

Smack Down!! – “Since You Gave Me A Song”

hinsons1974glimpseofglory150This week’s smack down feature highlights the recent cover by Jay Parrack and Vocal Event of the Hinsons, “Since You Gave Me A Song”.

This Kenny Hinson penned tune was originally recorded by the Hinsons in 1974 on the LP, Touch Of Hinson, Glimpse Of Glory.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist – Hinsons
  • Album – Touch Of Hinson, Glimpse Of Glory
  • Release Year – 1974
  • Featured Vocalists – Kenny Hinson (1st Verse)


  • vocalevent2015whispers150Artist – Jay Parrack and Vocal Event
  • Album – Sometimes He Whispers
  • Release Year – 2015
  • Featured Vocalist – Anthony Hallman (2nd Verse)

Southern Gospel Tidbits

HinsonsDID YOU KNOW?:  The month of August was very good for the Hinsons in the 1980’s when it came to chart success.  They ended up with four #1 songs during the decade that were all at the #1 spot during the month of August.

  • August 1982 – “God’s Gonna Do The Same For You And Me”
  • August 1983 – “Two Winning Hands”
  • August 1984 – “Call Me Gone”
  • August 1988 – “Mercy Built A Bridge”

The August success didn’t stop there as the following songs were top five hits for the Hinsons during the month of August.

  • August 1981 – “Till The Land”
  • August 1986 – “Let Me Tell You His Name Again”
  • August 1987 – “Soul Filling Station”

*Video Credit (Scot Eaves)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Hinsons

hinsons1970gospelsoundmaxThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Hinsons. On November 15th, 2011, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Hinsons 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 Hinsons ten best recordings.

  1. From Out Of The West They Came, Live And On Stage (1976)
  2. High Voltage (1975)
  3. Touch Of Hinson, Glimpse Of Glory (1974)
  4. We Promise You Gospel (1973)
  5. On The Road (1978)
  6. Hinsongs (1982)
  7. One More Hallelujah (1992)
  8. Harvest Of Hits (1975)
  9. Lift The Roof Off Live (1984)
  10. Bubblin’ (1981)

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

  1. A Gospel Sound Spectacular (1970)
  2. Here Come The Hinsons (1970)
  3. Song Vineyard (1980)

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Southern Gospel #1 hits (looking only at the Singing News) in the 1970’s were dominated by songs that would spend upwards of six months or more at #1.  It started with “Jesus Is Coming Soon” (six months) in 1970.  Others that followed were “I Know” (10 months, 1971), “The Lighthouse” (6 months, 1972-1973), “When I Wake Up To Sleep No More” (8 months, 1974), “What A Beautiful Day” (11 months, 1975), “Learning To Lean” (15 months, 1976-1977), “Rise Again” (6 months, 1978), “I’m Standing On The Solid Rock” (9 months, 1978-1979) and “What Sins Are You Talking About” (6 months, 1979).  But, what about the songs that missed going to #1 because these songs spent so much time there.  One such song was the Hinsons, “I Won’t Walk Without Jesus”, which reached #2 in May 1977 while “Learning To Lean” was still dominating the top spot.

*Video Credit (rdc770777)

Enter To Win: Friday Fun Giveaway

hinsons1974glimpseofglorymaxLets kick off another weekend by giving away some more free Southern Gospel music.  I went into the prize bag this week and pulled out the Hinsons 1974 Calvary Records recording; Touch Of Hinson, Glimpse Of Glory.

This is a digitally re-mastered CD (of the original LP) put out by Calvary Records in 2000.  Remember all CDs being given away are used (but I have been the only owner).

Song list on Touch Of Hinson, Glimpse Of Glory:  (1) “Since You Gave Me A Song”  (2) “How Wrong You Are”  (3) “Sea Walker”  (4) “I’m So Glad He Found Me”  (5) “Talkin’ Bout The Old Time Religion”  (6) “That I Could Still Go Free”  (7) “Hallelujah Meetin'”  (8) “Potter And The Clay”  (9) “Carry On”.

Since last week’s give away was one of the toughest yet, I thought I would make this week easier.  The first person to email me ( the correct answers will win.  Name the five family groups in this musical montage that were part of Southern Gospel music in the 1970’s.  Good luck.


Congratulations to Margy for being the first to correctly guess the five family group in the musical montage.  She wins the Hinsons CD.  The answers were as follows.

  1. Rambos
  2. Lamar Sego Family
  3. Happy Goodmans
  4. Speers
  5. LeFevres

The Definitive Southern Gospel Collection – 1982

cathedrals1982somethingspecial150It is time to take a look at the year 1982 and the twenty best Southern Gospel albums released that year.

dixiemelodyboys1982unclejesse150The Cathedrals were enjoying their first wave of success winning group of the year at the Singing News fan awards.  Heaven Bound won song of the year in 1982 with “Canaanland Is Just In Sight”.  The Nelons also had a good year with Rex winning male vocalist and Kelly winning female vocalist.

“We Shall Behold Him won the song of the year at the Dove Awards for Dottie Rambo while the Rex Nelon Singers picked up Southern Gospel album of the year for One Step Closer.

The twenty best albums released in Southern Gospel music in 1982 are:

  1. Something Special – Cathedrals (Canaan)
  2. singingamericans1982sensational150Chosen – Goodmans (Canaan)
  3. Hinsongs – Hinsons (Calvary)
  4. Live – Gold City (Heart Warming)
  5. Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse) – Dixie Melody Boys (Lifeline)
  6. It’s Out Of This World – Paynes (Windchime)
  7. Sensational – Singing Americans (Mark Five)
  8. Feeling At Home – Rex Nelon Singers (Canaan)
  9. wbs1982alltogethernow150The Broken Rose – Squire Parsons (Dawn)
  10. Your Ride’s On The Way – Kingsmen (Heart Warming)
  11. Genuine – Heaven Bound (Windchime)
  12. Someday – Inspirations (Canaan)
  13. Come To The Wedding – Hoppers (Lifeline)
  14. All Together Now – Wendy Bagwell & Sunliters (Canaan)
  15. Assurance – Dixie Echoes (MorningStar)
  16. And Friends Live – Dixie Melody Boys (Demco)
  17. mckameys1982byfaith150Presenting Opryland’s Gospel Quartet – Cumberland Boys (Opryland USA)
  18. Because He Loved Me – Primitive Quartet (Windchime)
  19. Ready Or Not – Paynes (Windchime)
  20. By Faith – McKameys (MorningStar)


Listen to a mash-up of music from the twenty best Southern Gospel albums released in 1982.  Enjoy!