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George Younce

When George Younce went to see the Harmoneers in 1945, the 15-year-old immediately began to dream of a career in gospel music. Less than a year later he and four friends began performing as the Spiritualaires, singing locally at churches and conventions. George seemed to be well on his way. This young tenor had no idea that he would become one of the most beloved bass singers in gospel music history. Yes, bass singers. When he began singing his voice had not matured into the incredibly deep bass he would become known for. Almost two decades later, Younce was responsible for turning “The Cathedral Trio” into “The Cathedral Quartet”, but only after lending his trademark voice to the Watchmen Quartet, the Weatherfords, the Blue Ridge Quartet and for a few months, to the Florida Boys. He even branched into a solo career. In 1997, his first solo project, I Believe, garnered a Dove Award nomination. It’s no wonder he’s been named “Favorite Southern Gospel Bass” 12 times by The Singing News, was Gospel Music’s Living Legend of the Year in 1988 and a decade later was introduced into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame. He even provided the voice for “Bullfrog Younce” in Bill Gaither’s children’s video, Gaither’s Pond something he couldn’t have done nearly as well as a tenor.  Although he had to stop officially touring, he did make occasional “special appearances” with son-in-law Ernie’s new quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and with Bill Gaither and the Homecoming Tour.  Younce passed away on April 11, 2005.

 

Induction Year

1999

 

Groups

  • Spiritualaires
  • Blue Ridge Quartet
  • Kingsmen
  • Cathedrals
  • The Old Friends Quartet

 

Voice Part

Bass

 

Hometown

Lenoir, NC

 

Significant Songs

“Yesterday” (Songwriter)

 

Video

George Younce and the Cathedrals singing “Keep On the Firing Line”