Jake Hess 1997-2004 Began singing in a family group at age 5. Joined The Statesmen in1948 and became their premier lead vocalist for 15 years. Formed the Imperials in 1963. Battled health issues such as lymphoma for many years.
James, "Big Chief" Wetherington. 1922-1973 Inducted into Hall of Fame 1997. Sang with The Statesmen for 24 years. His nickname came from his Indian Heritage. Known as a man of class and distinction. Died during the National Quartet Convention 1973.