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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