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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.
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
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
Instrumentation: accordion, violin, trumpet, bass, guitar, piano, organ
Television: The Gospel Singing Caravan, The LeFevre Show
Significant Songs: “Without Him”
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
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
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
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
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”
Original Members: Roy, Doyle, James, and R.W. Blackwood
Legacy: They organized the National Quartet Convention in 1956
Grammy Awards: 8
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
Profession: Radio evangelist
Residence: Knoxville, TN
Radio Program: “Mull Singing Convention of the Air”
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