Inductees Archive

“Rusty” Charles Goodman

Rusty Goodman was born in the year 1932 in Vinemont, Alabama.  His family of seven children was steeped in gospel music.  Rusty learned to sing and play the guitar at a very young age and was an accomplished artist on the steel guitar by the age of fourteen.  He sang with his family in religious services until he entered the U.S. Army in 1955.  After his military duty he spent time in the country music business singing with a popular group called the Martha Carson group.  In 1959 he joined the Plainsmen Quartet and traveled with Governor Jimmie Davis until 1962.  Then Rusty moved to Madisonville, KY where he rejoined the Goodman Family and began to write gospel songs.  Some of his most notable songs are “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now”, “Come A Little Closer”, “Touch the Hand of the Lord”, “Had It Not Been”, “It’s All Over But the Shoutin’”, “Who Am I”, and “Until You’ve Known”.  Rusty Goodman was a musician, songwriter, and singer.  He resided outside Nashville in the city of Gallatin with his wife Billie until his death in November of 1990.


Induction Year




Vinemont, AL



  • Martha Carson Group
  • The Plainsmen Quartet
  • The Happy Goodman Family


Significant Songs

  • “I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ for My Journey Now”
  • “Come a Little Closer”
  • “Who Am I”
  • “Had It Not Been”



Rusty Goodman singing “The Lighthouse” with The Happy Goodman Family


Rusty Goodman singing “It’s A Miracle”