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Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, more

Written by Staff on August 3, 2020 – 9:52 am -

Tri-State Hall of Fame ceremonies. Photo by Robert York

Family, friends, and guests from all over the southeast, gathered together on August 1, 2020, to be a part of the 16th Annual Tri-State Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Parkway Baptist Temple, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

The Tri-State Hall of Fame was founded by Herb Oliver to recognize people in music for the tri-state region. Will Dickerson, CEO of the Hall of Fame, and Radio Personality Ken Hicks, served as masters of ceremony.
The ceremony opened with a couple of congregation songs, followed by several scrap iron quartets made up of members of the Hall of Fame.
Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, more

Troy Burns inducted into the Tri-State Hall of Fame. Photo by Robert York

The induction ceremony began with the first of the inductees, Troy Burns. He is a former member of the Inspirations, having sung with the quartet for 30 years. Leaving the group, he formed The Troy Burns Family group. During his career, Troy has performed at over 6000 concerts and received numerous awards.

The next inductee, was Buddy Burton, an ordained minister and past member of The Singing Americans, The Statesmen and Masters Five.
Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, more

Buddy Burton inducted into the Tri-State Hall of Fame. Photo by Robert York

Nationally known arranger and pianist, Tommy Fairchild, who sang with the Oak Ridge Boys, was inducted. He also sang with The Blackwood Brothers on their song “Learning To Lean,” which remained on the charts for three record breaking years.

Howard Green was also recognized. He is a master woodworker and manufacturer of the custom Greenfield Violins. As well, Howard sang with a local group out of Atlanta, which appeared on the Mulls TV program and concerts.
“Elvis has left the building,” were the famous words of Ed Hill, who unfortunately passed away July 13, 2020. This gentleman was entered into the Hall of Fame posthumously. Ed sang tenor at age 13 with a group from East Tennessee University. He formed the Prophets Quartet in 1959 and sang for 15 years with them. In 1973, he sang with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, during which time they did backup singing at Elvis concerts. Ed remained with the Stamps for 25 years.
Several more performers were inducted, including David Maddox, who had longed to sing bass with Willie Wynn and The Tennessee Quartet. David got that opportunity after he had sung with his family for 15 years, along with several other area groups including The Deep South Boys.
Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, more

Peggy Parker inducted into the Tri-State Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Randy and Sherri Miller

Peggy Parker, who passed away April 13, 2020, was inducted. Her daughter, Sherri Miller, accepted the award. Peggy and her husband formed the Kenny Parker Trio and also traveled with the Rambos from 1969-1971. When she learned of her induction before her death, Peggy began crying with joy. Kenny is also a member of the Tri-State Hall of Fame.

Marlon Pendergrass was raised in Powell, Alabama, and attended the National School of Music and later joined the faculty there. He sang with Cat Freeman and the All-Star Quartet, and later established the Cat Freeman Scholarship Fund. He also promoted gospel concerts in his area.
Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, more

The Greesons. Photo by Robert York

Willie Wynn, known as Little Willie, and commonly known in gospel music as the Man with a Million Friends, was inducted into the HOF. He began singing as a teenager. Jake Hess suggested Willie for the Wally Fowler Quartet which later became the Oak Ridge Boys. Willie sang with them for 15 years. Later, Hovie Lister invited him to sing with The Statesmen and after several albums with that group, Willie formed his own quartet.

Rounding out the awards ceremony, was Charles Yates, who is nationally known from his time singing with the Speer Family. His most requested song was “Palms Of Victory.” In 1959, Charles sang with the Foggy Mountain Boys. He has flown airplanes as a crop duster, and also gyrocopters, and arrived at the ceremony by airplane with some of his friends.
Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, more

Photo by Robert York

Then it was back to scrap iron quartet singing, during which time a special award was presented to the wife of the late Brian Etheridge of the Master Peace Quartet.

Also performing were The Greesons, who are all members of the HOF, and Testimony Quartet.
The evening wasn’t complete until the oldest member of the HOF, 94 year old Ray Branham, was called to the stage to sing. He was given a standing ovation for his upbeat song.
Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, moreThe evening ended with the recognition of the 2019-20 members who have passed away, and everyone singing, “What A Day That Will Be,” and “What A Meeting In The Air.”
What a day and a meeting that will be when we .gather, with all of the music makers who have gone before us, beneath the throne of Jesus Christ, to sing his praise forever.

For more information on the Tri-state Hall of Fame, please contact Will Dickerson at. admin@TriStateGospelMusicHallOfFame.com

Website: TRI-STATE GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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Story by Robert York

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Prayers For The Family Of Ed Hill

Written by scoopsnews on July 14, 2020 – 8:57 am -

 

Ed Hill has had a long and distinguished career as a Southern Gospel baritone singer. He was a founding member of the Prophets in 1959. He left them in 1965 (His replacement was Duane Allen of Oak Ridge Boys fame) but returned in 1966 and remained with them until they disbanded in 1973.

Ed next joined JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet in 1974 and remained with them until 1979. In 1981, he joined the Singing Americans as their baritone singer. In 1987, he left the Singing Americans to sing with the Masters V.

The following year, Ed rejoined the Stamps and remained with them until they disbanded following the death of J D Sumner in 1998.

In 2006, Hill reformed the Prophets. He still sang baritone until the group disbanded in 2010 and He sang with the Songfellows Quartet.

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We at SGN Scoops are saddened to hear about the passing of this Southern Gospel Legend.  Please join us in praying for the Hill family.  He will certainly be missed by his Southern Gospel Family.

 

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TRI-STATE 2020 GOSPEL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 

Written by Staff on April 1, 2020 – 6:02 am -

TRI-STATE GOSPEL 2020 HALL OF FAME

Tri-State Gospel Hall of Fame Choir

Will Dickerson, Chairman of Tri-State Gospel Hall of Fame, which represents Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee has announced the 2020 inductees. They are: Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, Tommy Fairchild, Howard Green, Ed Hill, David Maddox, Peggy Parker, Marlon Pendergrass, Willie Wynn and Charles Yates. These folks are recognized, honored and celebrated for their outstanding contributions to gospel music.

Willie Wynn

Willie Wynn

The induction ceremony is August 1 at Park Baptist Church, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, starting at 6:00 pm.

The ceremony is free, but a love offering will be received.
The evening will include the presentation of awards and a lot of gospel singing with the Gospel Hall of Fame Choir.
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WLOSGMH CONVENTION SPEER TRIBUTE IS TUESDAY NIGHT

Written by Staff on March 26, 2018 – 4:41 pm -

SPEER TRIBUTE

SPEER TRIBUTE

We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History, (WLOSGMH) is one of Facebook’s most unique groups. The page features a host of exclusive videos, audio clips, photos, stories and memorabilia being shared on a daily basis. Those exclusive tid-bits are what really allows the group to share the history of southern gospel music came to be one of the most faithful and popular Christian music forms.

In the many years since the Franks Stamps Quartet, there have been some true iconic performing artists. The Blackwood Brothers, Statesmen, Sunshine Boys, Stamps Quartet, Weatherfords, Cathedrals, LeFevres, Sego Brothers and Naomi, Goss Brothers and the list could go on and on.

Yet one family group really stood out for many years as a true leader in the field, The Speer Family. The family had several resurgent periods of popularity that marked gospel music. When the group disbanded in 1998, seventy six years of history were logged in the annals of gospel music.

With the recent deaths of Ben Speer and Rosa Nell Speer Powell, the last original performing family members, there has been a void in gospel music. Yet their impact lives in the lives of those adopted family members who are still singing and ministering.

This year, the WLOSGMH Convention runs March 26 and 27, 2018 to the Murfreesboro, TN Clarion Hotel Ballrooms.

On Tuesday evening the WLOSGMH Convention will feature a special SPEER FAMILY TRIBUTE.  This special tribute to the legendary Speer Family is planned to highlight some history of the legendary family. Some vintage footage of the Speer Family through the years will be shown. Former Speer Family members will grace the stage including Joyce West Black, Ann Downing, Jeanne Johnson, Sue Dodge, Linda Robinson Sholar, Karen Apple Young, and Daryl Williams, They will be singing some of your favorite songs. Doug Young and Gene McDonald will join this all-star lineup of talent to create that unique Speer Family sound. Tom Powell, Rosa Nell Speer Powell’s son, will be conducting a choir featuring many of the great songs written by Dad Speer. Several Speer Family members are expected to be in attendance. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime treat!

SPEER TRIBUTE

SPEER TRIBUTE

Convention notes for the two day event. Monday 5:30/Dinner – 6:45/Concert

Tuesday Morning activities, followed by lunch, afternoon activities, you are on your own for supper. Tuesday Evening Concert at 6:00 PM. Daytime activities include funny stories, show and tell, gospel music movies, etc. Times subject to change.

TALENT for the one of a king music history convention includes the who’s who in southern gospel music. Chuck Wagon Gang (Monday night only), Mercy’s Well (Monday night only), Sherman Andrus, Ann Downing, The Sheltons (Monday night only), Jeanne Johnson, Sue Dodge, Charlie Griffin, Michael Stanton, Jordan’s Bridge, Eddie Crook, John Wyrick, Joyce Black West (of the Speer Family), Jonathan Wilburn, Ellen Marsh, Ed Hill, Brad Smith, Donnie Williamson, Songfellows Quartet (Monday night only), Administrators Quartet, The Collectors Quartet, John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Harold Timmons, Rita Spillers, Bill Kelley, Doug Young, Karen Apple Young and Gene McDonald. (Talent subject to change.)

Speers

Speers

For more information contact Harold Timmons via Facebook with a private Facebook message or email h.t@comcast.net, or call 615-885-8000 and leave a message.

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Harmony Road to Feature Triumphant Quartet, Booth Brothers, Singing Americans and More

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 22, 2013 – 12:51 pm -

1vSIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN This week’s Harmony Road TV program features the
popular concept video “Ask Me Why” from Legacy Five. Harmony Road team member Cody McVey also speaks with Legacy Five in an exclusive interview. Other songs featured on the program include Aaron and Amanda Crabb with “Please Come Down to Me” The Booth Brothers with “I’m Going Back”, The Triumphant Quartet “Old White Flag”, and a Singing Americans reunion performing “Glory Road”, with Clayton Inman, Michael English, Ed Hill and other former members of the award winning quartet. Hosted by Singing News Publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler, Harmony Road is a thirty minute program, airing Sunday Mornings on TNN/The Nashville Network and other outlets including theWALKtv, online streaming and more. You can also find Harmony Road each Saturday evening and Sunday morning on WMJN29 in the Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama area and streamed on the internet at www.wmjn29.com. The program is shown on Sunday afternoons in the Anniston/Gadsden Alabama area on tv24, and on Charter Cable in
Clarksville and Jackson, TN where it’s also available “on demand”. Harmony Road is broadcast Saturday
evenings on theWALKtv. For more information on how to receive Harmony Road, or to provide comments
or requests, go to www.harmonyroadtv.com . Gospel music fans are encouraged to like Harmony Road on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/harmonyroadtv. Other members of the Harmony Road team are Randy Liner, Technical Director and Roger Spears, producer. For advertising and sponsorship information and video submissions email advertising@harmonyroadtv.com


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New Prophets Quartet Sign With Pathlight Promotions & Media Group

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 3, 2011 – 12:30 pm -

Poca, WV (Feb 2, 2011) The New Prophets Quartet of Nitro, WV have recently signed with Pathlight Promotions & Media Group for their compilation releases & radio promotions. Their new single, “Dip My Feet”, will be released on the upcoming Pathlight Promotions Compilation CD for Radio Vol 2011-02 sometime in mid-February. “We are excited about the signing of The New Prophets. They are a great group with a heart for ministry & we look forward to the response they will receive from radio.” says Martha Drake, owner of Pathlight Promotions & Media Group.
The New Prophets were originally formed in 1998 as The Prophets Quartet after obtaining the name from original group member The New Prophets & they carried the name for 8 years. Later, when Ed reformed the original Prophets for a short time, the group decided to change their name to the Mountain State Quartet. The group had obtained such a large following as The Prophets Quartet, that they decided to change the name to The New Prophets in 2008. The current group members are Denzil Harper Sr., Mike Baria, Thurman Taylor & Mike Watts.
For more information regarding The New Prophets Quartet, visit them online at www.newprophets.org.

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