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The Gaither Trio

Formation: 1956

Original Members:  Siblings Bill, Danny, and Evelyn Gaither

Significant Songs:  “The King Is Coming”, “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name”

Publishing Company:  The Benson Company

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Second Chapter of Acts

Formation:  mid-1960s

Members: Siblings Annie Herring Nelly Greisen  and Matthew Ward

Contemporaries and Colleagues:  Phil Keaggy, Barry McGuire

Significant Works:  “Easter Song”, “Jesus Is”, and the album Hymns

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The Fairfield Four

Formation:  1921

Early Members:  John Battle, Samuel McCrary, Willie Love, Rufus Caruthers

Significant Songs:  “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around”, “Let Me Tell You About My Jesus”, “Stand By Me” ,“Don’t Want to Join That Number”

Legacy:  They were the first nationally popular black gospel quartet.

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The Cathedral Quartet

Formation:  1964

Original Members:  Bobby Clark, George Younce, Glen Payne, Danny Koker

Other members:  Mark Trammel, Ernie Haase, Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe, Roger Bennett, George Amon Webster

Legacy:  Members of the Cathedral Quartet went on to lead top Southern Gospel groups such as Greater Vision, Signature Sound, and Legacy V

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The Mighty Clouds Of Joy

Formation:  1955 in Los Angeles

Original Members:  Walter Ligon, Johnny Martin, Richard Wallace, Elmer Franklin

Trademarks:  Preaching and choreography to go along with their music as well as flashy costumes and instruments such as bass, drums, keyboards etc.  that were unusual in traditional quartet performances

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The Florida Boys

florida boysFormation:  1947 (known as the Gospel Melody Quartet from 1947-1954)

Members:  J.G. Whitfield, Les Beasley, Glen Allred, Derrell Stewart, Buddy Liles, Rick Busby and others

Record Labels:  They were the first group signed to Canaan Records

Colleagues and Contemporaries:  Billy Graham, Marvin Norcross, Jarrell McCracken

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Billy Graham

Education:  Florida Bible Institute, Wheaton College of Illinois

Vocation:  Pastor and Evangelist

Gospel Artists whom he has supported:  George Beverley Shea, Cliff Barrows, Stuart Hamblen, DC Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many others

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George Younce

Groups:  Spiritualaires, Blue Ridge Quartet, Kingsmen, Cathedrals, The Old Friends Quartet, and others

Voice Part: Bass

Hometown:  Lenoir, NC

Significant Songs:  “Yesterday” (Songwriter)

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