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Florida Boys

Members Les Beasley, Glen Allred, Derrell Stewart, Buddy Liles, Rick Busby and Tim Lovelace are members of a group whose roots go back to 1947. That’s when J.G. Whitfield began the Gospel Melody Quartet. Glen Allred joined in the fall of 1952 and Les Beasley came aboard in the spring of 1953. The name of the group was added two years later and Buddy Liles came with the group in 1972. Rick Busby and Tim Lovelace are two latest additions. Along the way, The Florida Boys have established some landmarks. They were the first Gospel Group to have a nationally syndicated television program and their Gospel Singing Jubilee eventually won a number of Dove Awards for the best gospel singing program. They were the first southern gospel group signed by Canaan Records when Word Records began that division in 1964. It could be easily argued that The Florida Boys have as distinctive a history as any group in southern gospel music. They are among a select few who have stayed around for 40 years. But people have a way of turning their back on history and asking, “What about now?” It’s not always so important what you’ve done in the past, but what can you do right now. The Florida Boys deliver the goods 50 weeks of the year at concerts all across the United States. They have been in over a dozen foreign countries, co-host an annual singing, “Way Down on the Suwanee River,” at the Spirit of the Suwanee camp at Live Oak, Florida, co-host a singing cruise each year to the Bahamas, and perform at most of the key events in southern gospel music year after year. Not many groups have done what The Florida Boys have done. They have been pioneers for others in the southern gospel world during the past 40 years. And not many can do what they do today on a consistent basis: please crowds of people not only with their music, but with their message and their integrity.

 

Induction Year

1999

 

Formation

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

 

Noted Members

  • J.G. Whitfield
  • Les Beasley
  • Glen Allred
  • Derrell Stewart
  • Buddy Liles
  • Rick Busby

 

Record Labels

They were the first group signed to Canaan Records

 

Colleagues and Contemporaries

  • Billy Graham
  • Marvin Norcross
  • Jarrell McCracken

 

Video

The Florida Boys singing “Palms of Victory”

The Florida Boys singing “God Made A Way”