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Les Beasley

Les was born Aug. 16, 1928 in Crockett, TX to Lester Beasley and Edna Stewart Beasley. His father was a minister, and Les has said he thought he must have been a good one because it seemed he was wanted someplace else each year. Les started singing at an early age in his fathers churches. His musical preference has always been four part harmony. It was only natural that he would be a part of a lot of groups as he grew up. He sang bass in early groups. A bad case of the measles changed his voice forever. Growing up, Les lived in many places, including Crockett TX, Ripley TN, Mt Vernon TX (where he started to school), Mobeetie TX, Benton AR, Burdette AR, Roosevelt AR(Doesn’t exist anymore-Les went to a one room school there), Jena LA, Kentwood LA, and West Helena, AR.

 

Les moved to Port Arthur, TX from West Helena, AR and decided to join the Marine Corps after having trouble finding a job, due to his draft status. This took him to the west coast and a new kind of life he had never dreamed of. He served four years in the Marine Corps in the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He was one of the first to go to Korea when the Korean war broke out. He saw extensive action in south and north Korea.

 

Les Beasley is truly a Southern Gospel Music Legend. In the fifty plus years Les has been singing Gospel Music, his accomplishments have been unprecedented.

 

Induction Year

1989

 

GMA Involvement  

He served as President for 2 years and is now a lifetime member of the Board of Directors.

 

Other Gospel music organizations 

  • Southern Gospel Music Guild(president)
  • National Quartet Convention (president)

 

Groups

  • McManus Trio
  • The Florida Boys (singer and manager)

 

Video

The Florida Boys singing “Goodbye World Goodbye”