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J.D. Sumner & The Stamps

History:  The original Stamps Quartet was formed by Frank Stamps in 1924 and was the first Southern Gospel group to sign with a major label (Victor Records).

Rebirth:  in 1965 J.D. Sumner of the Blackwood Brothers purchased and reorganized the group.  He served as their manager and bass singer.

Unique performances:  J.D. Sumner and the Stamps performed regularly with Elvis Presley.

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Hovie Lister & The Statesmen

Formation:  1948

Members:  Hovie Lister, Mosie Lister, Jake Hess, Bobby Strickla, Jim Wetherington, James Wetherington, Denver Crumpler, and others

Television:  Singing Time in Dixie

Record Labels:  Capitol Records, RCA Victor, Skylite

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The Speer Family

Legacy:  The Speer Family was vital to the initial creation and popularity of Southern Gospel music.

Formation:  1921 following the marriage of Tom Speer and Lena Brock

Record Labels:  Bullet, Columbia, RCA Victor

Television:  Beginning in 1954, the Speers had a morning TV program on WLAC-TV Nashville



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The LeFevres

Formation:  1920s

Instrumentation:  accordion, violin, trumpet, bass, guitar, piano, organ

Television:  The Gospel Singing Caravan, The LeFevre Show

Significant Songs:  “Without Him”






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The Jordanaires

Formation: 1948

Original Members:  Gordon Stokes, Neal Matthews, Hoyt Hawkins, Hugh Jarrett

Style:  Barber-shop, spirituals

Artists with whom they collaborated:   Patsy Cline, Julie Andrews, Ricky Nelson, Jimmy Dean, The Judds, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley




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The Imperials

Formation:  1963

Notable members:  Jake Hess, Armond Morales, Shaun Sherill Nielsen, Gary McSpadden, Sherman Andrus, Russ Taff, among others

Grammy Awards:  Best Gospel Album for No Shortage

Dove Awards: 17

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The Happy Goodman Family

Formation:  1940s by Howard Goodman and sister Gussie Mae

Significant Songs:  “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now” and “Wait Til You See My Brand New Home”

Grammy Awards:  Best Gospel Album in 1968

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Andrae’ Crouch & The Disciples

Formation:  mid-1960s

Members:  Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Perry Morgan, Bili Thedford

Notable performances:  They were the first CCM group to perform at Carnegie Hall, at Royal Albert Hall, and on Saturday Night Live


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Chuck Wagon Gang

Formation:  1935

Original Members:  Dave “Dad” Carter and his children Lola, Ernest, and Effie

Colleagues and Contemporaries:  Wally Fowler and Rev. J. Bazzell Mull

Significant Songs:  “The Son Hath Made Me Free” and “I’ll Shout and Shine”

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The Blackwood Brothers

Formation: 1934

Original Members:  Roy, Doyle, James, and R.W.  Blackwood

Legacy:  They organized the National Quartet Convention in 1956

Grammy Awards: 8

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Andrae Crouch

Education:  Valley Junior College and Life Bible College in Los Angeles CA

Significant Songs:  “Through It All”, “Soon and Very Soon”, and“I’ve Got Confidence”

Artists who have recorded his songs:  Bob Dylan, Elton John, Barbara Mandrell, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley, Little Richard

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J. Bazzell Mull


Profession:  Radio evangelist

Residence:  Knoxville, TN

Radio Program: “Mull Singing Convention of the Air”




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