Jim Hamill, one of Southern Gospel's all-time great lead singers, sang professionally for over 50 years and until shortly before his death, was still going strong. A native of Memphis, son of Rev. James E. Hamill, for many years pastor of First Assembly of God in Memphis, Jim joined the Weatherfords in the early 1950s. And then came times with the Blue Ridge Quartet, the Rebels, the Oak Ridge Quartet, the Rebels again, and finally, for almost 28 years he sang the lead for the Kingsmen.
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ON THIS DAY IN ROCK N ROLL September 9th, 1954: Elvis played at the opening of the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Johnny Cash was in the audience and after the show met Elvis for the first time. Sun Studio
Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American rockabilly musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning during 1954. His best known song is "Blue Suede Shoes". According to Charlie Daniels, "Carl Perkins' songs personified the rockabilly era, and Carl Perkins' sound personifies the rockabilly sound more so than anybody involved in it, because he never changed." Perkins' songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influ
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.
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Barbara Walker Memphis, Tennessee >Barbara, better known as Barbara Jo, was the last Miss America to be crowned in a swimsuit. She was also the last pageant contestant to represent just a city rather than an entire state (Miss Memphis). Barbara Jo represented a very wholesome image to America. She won the Miss Memphis pageant in 1947, while attending Memphis State College (The University of Memphis) and later that year won the National Pageant and became Miss America 1947. She pursued her de
Les Beasley, HOF 1997 Manager and Lead singer for Florida Boys, Co-producer of Gospel Singing Jubilee TV show and co designer of Dive Award Statue