#NewsNuggets: 4-1-17

by | Apr 1, 2017 | News, Oddities

Last Week’s Happenings

  • An elevated portion of Interstate 85 collapsed in Atlanta, Georgia last week after an intense fire underneath weakened the structure. Traveling singing groups will have to steer clear of Atlanta to make it to concerts on time. In other words, it’s business as usual.
  • Jim Korn learned he will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame during the GMA Honors Celebration, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Well, technically, it’s a singing GROUP that is being inducted. Korn is just one of a few dozen alumni who have passed through the group over the past 35+ years.
  • The Gaither Vocal Band announced effective immediately, Bill Gaither has retired as the group’s manager and owner. Former tenor David Phelps will assume all managerial and ownership duties. The group’s next album will be a collection of favorites, re-re-re-recorded with an assembly of existing and newly-cut vocals, as arranged by Phelps.
  • The Second Half Quartet announced a name change; they will now be known as Greater Trammell and Pat.
  • New Day Christian Distributors, hot on the heels of their landmark Word Records distribution deal, is excited to announce an exclusive distribution agreement with Daywind Records.
  • StowTown Records has signed up-and-coming mixed group, The Purgatories, to a recording contract. Their debut album for the label will be titled Almost There.
  • Horizon Records announced they have signed America’s next great male quartet, the Superlatives. Combining the the intensity of the best of the Kingsmen, the precision of the best of the Cathedrals, and the sincerity of the best of Gold City, yadda, yadda, yadda…. They’re really good.
  • Due to the success of “Old White Flag,” Clayton Inman announced he is leaving Triumphant Quartet to launch his very own bluegrass ensemble. Picking legends Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson will join Inman’s new venture, which will be billed as Old White Men.

Prayer Requests

  • Please continue to remember Singing News editor Danny Jones who is mercilessly tormented by Karen Peck, Ivan Parker, and Lauren Talley on a regular basis. He has already lost most of the hair on his head. Now his eyebrows are starting to fall out.


  • Chuck Barris, host and creator of the Gong Show, passed away on Tuesday, March 21 at the age of 87. His funeral expenses are $516.32, a highly unusual amount. An unknown minister with a paper bag over his head delivered the eulogy consisting mostly of lame jokes.

Upcoming Releases
Please let us know if any significant upcoming releases are missing from this list. Note, the dates listed here are distribution dates when music will officially be available through retail and/or large online outlets. Some titles may be available sooner direct from the artists.

  • April 1 – The Primitive Quartet – Don’t Waste Your Life: A Tribute To The Music Of Lecrae (LP/8-Track)

  • April 1 – Freedom Quartet – Sings Barack Obama’s Favorite Gospel Songs Live (CD/DVD)

  • April 1 – The McKameys – J. S. Bach’s Mass In B Minor (LP)

  • April 1 – Amy Grant & Michael Combs – Duets (CD)

  • April 1 – David Cloud – A Tribute To The Clark Family (KJV Cuneiform)

  • April 1 – The Perrys – Bohemian Rhapsody in 432 (analog reel-to-reel)

  • April 1, 2053 – Guy Penrod – Classics Volume 37 (MM)


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David Bruce Murray

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.


  1. Darrell

    Thanks for the chuckles, David. I especially enjoyed the titles of the upcoming releases. I actually laughed out loud at some of them. Good work, as always. :-)

  2. James

    ROTFLOL…This was great!!!!

  3. Bobbie

    Could I be correct in guessing that many of the news items above qualify as “April Fools??”
    or Wishful thinking on your part??

    • David Bruce Murray

      It’s all in fun, Bobbie.

  4. Steven

    Call me first in line for the primitive tribute album to lecrae.

    You’ve outdone yourself this year

    • David Bruce Murray

      Gaither is already taking pre-orders on the Guy Penrod CD!

    • Daniel J. Mount

      Steven, thanks for the compliment! :)

  5. Diana Brantley

    Excellent, David!!!

  6. JimT

    You had me going until The Purgatories!

  7. joshvanklomp

    Amazing work as always!

    Greater Trammell and Pat sounds like a winner! By the way, which is the greater Trammell?

  8. Chris G

    Thanks for the April Fools Day smiles and chuckles, David. Excellent.

  9. JChaz

    Not too far off base….

  10. JSR


  11. David Bruce Murray

    Thanks to Kyle Boreing and Daniel Mount who contributed and/or suggested several items for this article!

  12. Tad

    I heard the first single off the Michael Combs/Amy Grant project, “Baby Baby, I’m Not For Sale” on Enlighten this weekend! Good stuff!



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