Inductees Archive

Herman Harper

Herman Harper was born in the year 1938 at Fountain head Tennessee. He began his professional singing career with the Oak Ridge Quartet where he sang bass and traveled for approximately 13 years. In 1968, he resigned from the Oak Ridge Boys to become head of the gospel division with Don Light Talent. He was responsible for booking the Oak Ridge Boys, Florida Boys, Rambos and Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters. In 1986 He formed Harper & Associates, Southern Gospel Music’s premier talent agency.


During his career, he served as an officer and founding member of the Gospel Music Association. He was the founder of The Gospel Music Trust Fund. He was a singer, songwriter, record producer, an astute business executive and at the time ofhis death had the distinction of possessing the longest continuing service as a gospel music booking agent. Herman Harper was responsible for the launching of the Gospel Opry broadcast live from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium and later the Opry House, over WSM Nashville. He was talent coordinator for the first Opryland Gospel Jubilee. At the time of his untimely death, he was continuing his role as the original bass singer for the Homeland Quartet and as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


Induction Year




Fountain Head, TN



Harper and Associates Talent Agency (founder)



Oak Ridge Quartet (bass singer)



The Oak Ridge Quartet singing “Didn’t It Rain”