I launched SGHistory.com in 2006 as a spin-off site for the history, discography and group member list articles I had been posting on MusicScribe dating back to January of 2005.
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the site to grow to what it is today.
In the early days, I and a staff of devoted volunteers would go to each group’s individual website to try to collect as much official historical data as we could find. We obviously used other sources as well, since many group’s official biographies only included information on current members.
In recent years, SGHistory.com has come full circle. Groups now come to us for information about their own heritage. The Inspirations recently updated their website with an exhaustive discography. I was happy to provide them access to album cover photos we had collected over the years.
I wish every artist with more than a 10-year history would include a history section on their website, and I’d like to offer the resources of SGHistory.com to any group that wants to add such a feature.
I do ask that our history sections (the prose) not be copied word-for-word, but please feel free to access our discography section and group member lists for use on your own website. The history/bio sections can be used for research, obviously, but I’d prefer not to have them copied and pasted elsewhere. Re-writes are fine! Discography and group member information is just data, and we certainly claim no copyright on that.
If you are an artist who has already used SGHistory.com to flesh out the information on your website, please let us know. If I can help out in any way, please let me know that as well!
(The Inspirations were kind enough to include an acknowledgement, and I thank them for that!)
David Bruce Murray
David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.