Mosie Lister Biography

By  | March 7, 2005 | Filed under: History

Thomas Mosie Lister
(September 8, 1921 – )

In 1939, Mosie Lister studied music at the Vaughan School Of Music in Tennessee. He began his musical career as a singer, performing as an original member of the Sunny South Quartet before World War II. After a four year stint with the Navy, he worked a few months again with the Sunny South Quartet before leaving to form the Melody Masters with Jim Wetherington, Alvin Tootle, Lee Kitchens, and Wally Varner in 1946. Lister remained in Atlanta when the Melody Masters moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1948, Lister was tapped by Hovie Lister to be the original baritone for the Statesmen. (Despite their common last name, similar first names and involvement with the Statesmen, Mosie is no relation to Hovie).


Lister soon gave up his professional singing career to devote his attention to writing, continuing to work as an arranger for the Statesmen. In 1953, he formed the Mosie Lister Publishing Company. Some of Lister’s better known tunes include “Then I Met The Master,” “I’m Feelin’ Fine,” “His Hand In Mine,” and “’Til The Storm Passes By.”


Lister was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1976 and into the SGMA Hall Of Fame in 1997. Over the years, Lister also became a popular arranger of choral music for Lillenas Publishing. He has continued to write songs for popular Southern Gospel groups in the early 21st century. The Dove Brothers, Booth Brothers, and Palmetto State Quartet are just a few of the modern groups to recorded songs written by Lister. The Dove Brothers released a project titled A Tribute To Mosie Lister in 2004, which Lister also produced.

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David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. In addition to MusicScribe, David is the owner/editor of SGHistory.com and the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music. He plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet, the Foothills Choir and when his schedule permits, the Pine Ridge Boys.

5 Responses to Mosie Lister Biography

  1. Anonymous April 16, 2005 at 11:33 AM

    Your first ststement re my brother-in-law Mosie lister is erroneous! His music career began long before his entry into the US Navy. After service in Key West and in North Africa did he enroll in the Navy V-12 program at RPI. A correct5ion should be forthcoming, don’t you think? It was always his intwent to be involved in Christian music. Dan Dilllashaw

  2. David Bruce Murray April 16, 2005 at 12:05 PM

    Dan,

    The article in the Singing News from March 2005 implies that Mosie studied to be an engineer first by the order in which the facts are listed. It was an honest mistake on my part, and I will get it corrected right away.

    I am always happy to make corrections, and I appreciate all information that fine tunes the result of the long hours I put into this labor of love recording the history of Southern Gospel.

    About the only part I don’t enjoy about doing this is when someone decides they must be a jerk about some small detail that I missed. Would it hurt so much to be polite? I am doing my very best to preserve the legacy of a member of YOUR family, after all. The very least you could do is be courteous.

  3. Anonymous May 31, 2005 at 9:37 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Murray for this informative biography about Mosie Lister. I recently discovered his music and am grateful to find information about him.

  4. JMofet@aol.com May 31, 2005 at 10:08 PM

    Thank you for the information on Mosie Lister! If you cannot respond to my request, I understand. Where can I get a recording of, “Til the Strom Passes By?” I have the music and lyrics. Thanks again!
    Jim Moffet

  5. David Bruce Murray May 31, 2005 at 11:14 PM

    Jim,

    I have a lot of luck at Amazon.com and CBD.com

    Both of those sites have an advanced search feature where you can look up CDs by song title. Hope that helps!

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