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The Blackwood Brothers sang gospel for over 60 years, and in the 1950s towards the ’70s, these were perhaps one of the most popular gospel groups within the U.S. Among their biggest supporters was a Elvis Presley, who auditioned — and was rejected — for the group in 1953. The quartet was produced in 1934 by brothers Roy (b. Dec 24, 1900, Fentress, MS; d. March 21, 1971), Doyle (b. August 22, 1911, Ackerman, MS), and Adam Blackwood (b. August 4, 1919, Ackerman, MS; d. Feb 3, 2002, Memphis, TN), alongside Roy’s 13-year-old kid R.W. Blackwood (b. Oct 23, 1921, Ackerman, MS; d. June 30, 1954, Clanton, AL). The Blackwoods sang at churches around their bottom of Ackerman, MS, through the middle-’30s. By 1937, nevertheless, they began functioning a radio present in Kosciusko, MS. The quartet transferred to WJDX in Jackson afterwards that year, performing pop and nation furthermore to gospel. After 2 yrs in Jackson, these were well-known enough to go to KWKH in Shreveport, LA, a local superstation that broadcast over a lot of the South. While employed in Shreveport, the Blackwood Brothers had been agreed upon by V.O. Stamps, the biggest Southern gospel publisher from the 1930s. The group proved helpful for Stamps through the past due ’30s and early ’40s, but split up during Globe War II. If they re-formed in 1946 — minus the Stamps affiliation — Doyle Blackwood have been changed by Don Smith. The Blackwoods started their very own record business, and became therefore well-known that Doyle shortly returned to start out another group, the Blackwood Gospel Quartet. By 1950, Roy got retired and was changed by Costs Lyles. The Blackwoods after that shifted to Memphis and agreed upon a agreement with RCA Victor. They started documenting in 1952, as well as the elevated exposure resulted in national reputation and an area on Arthur Godfrey’s Television show in 1954. Significantly less than a month afterwards, nevertheless, R.W. Blackwood and Costs Lyles had been killed inside a aircraft crash. The Blackwoods instantly disbanded and vowed never to perform again. Luckily, they returned many years later on, steadily adding J.D. Sumner (as an alternative for Lyles) plus Roy’s child Cecil Blackwood (b. Oct 28, 1934, Ackerman, MS; d. November 13, 2000) and Wayne’ child Jimmy Blackwood (b. July 31, 1943, NORTH PARK). The Blackwoods joined the LP period during the middle-’50s and finally documented many albums for RCA and Skylite through the entire 1950s and ’60s. They received the to begin their eight Grammy Honours for Greatest Gospel Overall performance in 1966, and Wayne Blackwood received seven Dove Honours for Man Vocalist of the entire year through the ’70s. He was inducted in to the Gospel Music Hall of Popularity in 1974 and was referred to as “Mr. Gospel Vocalist of America” for a long time thereafter.

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Full Name The Blackwood Brothers
Siblings Doyle Blackwood, Lena Blackwood Cain, Roy Blackwood
Awards Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance, Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Traditional
Music Songs Old Country Church, Learning to Lean, Give The World A Smile, The Stranger Of Galilee, Rock-A-My Soul, There's A God Somewhere, Release Me ), How About Your Heart, That's What Heaven Will Be, Forever Forgiven, The Keys to the Kingdom, I'll Fly Away Home, It Is No Secret, When I Cross to the Other Side of Jordan, The Pearly White City, Someone To Care, Peace in the Valley, Gloryland Jubilee, You Can Find What I Found, Peace Like A River, When He Put A Little Sunshine In, Goodbye Egypt, Jesus Is Lord Of All, Heaven Will Be Mine Someday, I Know in Whom I Have Believed, What Would You Do, The Man Upstairs, God Made A Way, I'm Bound For That City, The Love of God, Bell of Joy, Keep Ringing, That's What Was Good About the Good Old Days
Albums Forever: 80th Anniversary Recording, Grand Old Gospel, Sweet Songs About Heaven, Favorite Gospel Songs and Spirituals, Classics: Volume One, Gospel Classics, In Gospel Country, We Come To Worship, Lift Up The Name Of Jesus, At Home With The Blackwoods (Remastered), Rock Of Ages- Hymns Of The Faith, Bill Gaither Songs, Southern Gospel Collection, The Sound of Gospel Music, Give The World A Smile (Remastered), Swing down, chariot, Blessed Jesus Loves You, The Gospel Collection, L-O-V-E, The Ultimate Collection, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet Present Their Exciting Tenor Bill Shaw, Release Me From My Sin (Remastered), The Blackwood Brothers Quartet Featuring Cecil Blackwood, Learning to Lean, Bibletone: Before and After, Sunday Meetin' Time (Remastered), Bibletone: Blackwood Brothers, August Live, Southern Gospel Radio Shows 1935-1955, Why Noy Give Jesus Your Life, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet featuring James Blackwood, Sing Something Old, Something New, How Big Is God, My God and I, The Blackwood Brothers, The Very Best of the Blackwood Brothers (Live), Show Me the Way to God, Bibletone: Tampa Live, Bibletone: Blackwood Brothers Quartet 1953 Vol. 1, Bibletone: Blackwood Brothers Quartet 1953 Vol. 2, 75 Years: The Song Will Go On, Masters Of The Last Century: Best of The Blackwood Brothers, Bibletone: Best of Blackwood Brothers, Vol. 2, Blackwood Brothers, Quartet Classics, Classics by Blackwood Brothers, Vol. 1, Bibletone: Best of Blackwood Brothers, Vol. 1, I'm Free, Vocal Mastes: Until Then, His Hands, Next Stop Gospel Town, Classic Hits By Blackwood Brothers, Paradise Island

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