Inductees Archive

Statesmen Quartet

Known as “Georgia’s Ambassadors of Good Will,” The Statesmen Quartet was formed in 1948 by Hovie Lister, who played piano for his own family group The Lister Brothers Quartet, as well as The LeFevres and others, before organizing the Statesmen. The original group was made up of Mosie Lister (for six months then replaced by Jake Hess). Bobby Strickland, Bervin Kendricks and Gordon Hill. Other notable members have included Doy Ott, Jim (Big Chief) Wetherington, Rosie Rozell, Jack Toney, Cat Freeman, Acil Sword, Sherrill Nielsen and Jim Hill. Recording for many years on the RCA Victor label, the group appeared on such television shows as the Arthur Godfrey Show, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dave Garroway’s Wide, Wide World and the Jimmy Dean Show.


Induction Year






Notable Members

  • Hovie Lister
  • Mosie Lister
  • Jake Hess
  • Bobby Strickla
  • Jim Wetherington
  • James Wetherington
  • Denver Crumpler


TV Program

Singing Time in Dixie


Record Labels

  • Capitol Records
  • RCA Victor
  • Skylite



The Statesmen singing “One of These Mornings” on their television show


The Statesmen singing “Get Away Jordan”