When a new face is added to an existing group, they typically sing or play for a few years, do their part well, expand the fanbase, and eventually move on. Most group members leave the group as well off as they found it, though there are some negative exceptions. MusicScribe’s 2017 survey will focus on those members from history who joined an existing group and made a lasting impact to the point that their name should forever be synonymous with the group’s best years.
In a short series of surveys this summer, we will determine the Most Significant Personnel Change in Southern Gospel music’s history.
Here are a few starters:
1988 – Mark Lowry joins the Gaither Vocal Band
1980 – Tim Riley joins Gold City
1964 – George Younce joins the Cathedral Trio, making them a quartet
1971 – Jim Hamill joins the Kingsmen
1965 – William Lee Golden joins the Oak Ridge Boys
1965 – J D Sumner joins the Stamps
1948 – Jake Hess joins the Statesmen
2002 – Jim Brady joins the Booth Brothers
Please make additional nominations by leaving a comment here on the MusicScribe website under this article. (Not on Facebook or Twitter, please.)
Nominations are open until midnight (EDT) July 31.