After an absence of over 30 years from gospel music, the Rebels Quartet have re-organized, and will travel on a limited schedule through the Southeast. Having received the blessings of many of the group’s former members, the desire of this quartet is to continue the vision set by the Rebels long ago, by singing many of the songs that the original quartet made famous, introducing new heartfelt messages in song, and seeing souls moved by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The group’s bass singer, Rick Fair, who has performed with other popular names such as Hovie Lister and the Statesmen, The Blackwoods, and the Palmetto State Quartet, actually began his gospel music career singing with the Rebels Quartet in 1972. Rick now celebrates his 40th year in gospel music singing in the group with which he began his career, The Rebels Quartet.
With its central base in the Sevierville, TN area, the new members of this legendary group include Rick Fair: Bass, David Fair: Baritone, Alan Kendall: Lead, Mike Young: Tenor, and Barry Patrick: Pianist.
Originated in 1950, in Tampa, Florida, the Rebels Quartet is remembered even today as one of gospel music’s greatest singing groups. The Rebels always remained dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Christ through song, and laid the foundation for musical ministry that is so widespread today. Many of gospel music’s greatest legends have graced the stage as members of the Rebels. The original members of the quartet were Norman Allman: Bass singer, John Matthews: Baritone singer, Lee Kitchens: Lead singer, Horace Parrish: Tenor singer, and Jimmy Hand: Pianist. Three of their most famous members, “Pappy” Jim Waits, London Parris, and Big Jim Hamill, are members of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Little Jimmy Taylor, Jay Berry, Ron Booth Sr., John Gresham, Nick Bruno, and Charles Booth are among some of the groups most prestigious and loved alumni.
The new lineup of the quartet is currently making preparations to record two new albums, one of which will feature several new songs, including two songs written by pianist Barry Patrick, as well as a recording of classic Rebels songs from the 1950s and 60s.