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The Dixie Echoes (1960-Present)
The Dixie Echoes were launched in 1960 by J G Whitfield (popularly known as the "Ole Gospel Man"). Whitfield had resigned singing bass with the Florida Boys in 1958. He named his new group The Messengers. Members included George Forbis (tenor), Doyle Wiggins (lead), Joe Whitfield (baritone), J G Whitfield (bass), and Sue Whitfield (piano).
In 1962, they were renamed The Dixie Echoes Quartet. Wiggins was replaced by Jack Toney for a short time in 1963. That same year, Toney left and was replaced by Dale Shelnut. From that point on, the Dixie Echoes and the Shelnut name became synonymous. Dale sang lead for the next 20 years.
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