operating male quartets in gospel music, makes their official
retirement announcement, effective New Yearâ€™s Eve, 2012.
Says Gerald Williams, who began his position as bass singer for
TMBQ in 1949 at the age of 16, â€œWe know there is a time and a season
for all things. This is the right time. 63 years is a good season.â€
TMBQâ€™s heritage goes all the way back to the late 1930s when they
performed three live radio programs daily as well as a healthy concert
schedule. They were gospel music pioneers when they were the first gospel
music group in Arkansas to move into the, then young, television market.
They were among the groups that performed at the first National Quartet
Convention in 1957. At the death of owner, manager and bass vocalist,
Herschel Foshee in 1949, pianist and song writer, â€˜Smilinâ€™ Joe Roper
reorganized the group as The Melody Boys Quartet and introduced a new,
young bass singer to the nation. Gerald Williams, a Southern Gospel Music
Hall of Famer and Grand Oleâ€™ Gospel Living Legend now enters his 63rd
year as a professional vocalist.
Generation after generation of fans that love quartet music have labeled
TMBQâ€™s sound as a touch of the past and a taste of the future. Quality
sound and ministry integrity, tastefully mixed with family entertainment,
is TMBQâ€™s trademark.
Beginning in March, TMBQ will embark on their â€˜Exit 63â€™ Tour, which will
run through the end of 2012. Mike Franklin, first tenor with TMBQ for
over 19 years says, â€œWe are still booking dates for this, our final year. If
youâ€™ve ever considered having The Melody Boys Quartet at your gospel
sing or your church, now is the time to schedule.â€
To book TMBQ for their â€˜Exit 63â€™ Tour, contact Gayla at
214-957-3669 or email email@example.com or
PO Box 194023 Little Rock, AR 72219 501-920-8911 firstname.lastname@example.org