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.
John Wallace (Wally) Fowler 1917– 1994), was an American Southern gospel music singer, manager, and music promoter and businessman. He founded the Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became the Oak Ridge Boys; and popularized all-night gospel sings. An accomplished songwriter in both the country music and gospel fields, Fowler's composition "Wasted Years" became a gospel music standard. He was known as The Man with a Million Friends and Mr. Gospel Music.