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D.Downings


Paul & Ann Downing

Paul & Ann Downing

Group Members

Soprano
Sue Dodge (Sue Chenault) (1969-1970)
Joy Gardner (Joy Dyson) (1970-1977)

Alto
Ann Downing (1969-1977)

Tenor/Lead
Greg Gordon (1969)
Larry Ford (1970)
Wayne Hilliard (1970-1972)

Bass
Paul Downing (1969-1977)

Pianist
Dickie Matthews (1969-1970)
Linda Robinson (1970)
Dony McGuire (1970-1977)

Bass Guitar
Nathan McGee Peters (1971-1974)

The Downings (1969-1977)

History

The Southern Gospel group, the Downings, were a mixed quartet founded by the husband and wife team of Paul Downing and Ann Downing. Other founding members were Greg Gordon, Sue Dodge (Sue Chenault), and pianist Dickie Matthews.

The group went through several personnel changes throughout the early to mid 1970s, and eventually disbanded in 1977. The group released 18 albums in 8 years. Ann and Paul were voted favorite female singer and favorite bass singer respectively in 1973 in the Singing News Fan Awards.

Paul and Ann were in the process of trying to reform the Downings when Paul passed away in 1992.

Discography


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1969 Take One (Heartwarming Records/R3037): You Sho Do Need Him Now; Daddy Sang Bass; Going Home; Do Right And Come Smiling Thru; Jesus Is Coming Soon; Why Should I Worry Or Fret; Farther Along; Is My Lord Satisfied With Me; I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary; I'll Follow The Sun; Things That Matter. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Sue Chenault (Dodge), Greg Gordon, Dickie Matthews).

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1969 Up With The Downings (Heartwarming Records/R3050): Sweet, Sweet Spirit; The Way, The Truth, The Light; Had It Not Been; In The Still Of The Night; Wonderful Love; The Holy Hills Of Heaven; On The Sunny Banks; In A Silent World; I Shall Be At Home With Jesus; It's In Your Hands; Rolling Riding Rocking. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Sue Chenault (Dodge), Greg Gordon, Dickie Matthews).

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1969 Sheltered In The Arms Of God (Heartwarming Records/R3057): Sheltered In The Arms Of God; Gettin' Ready Today; He Touched Me; Until You've Known The Love Of God; I Believe What The Bible Says; That Moment He Was There; Thank God I'm Free; I Will Serve Thee; I'm Free; Searching; Even So. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Sue Chenault (Dodge), Greg Gordon, Dickie Matthews).

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1970 Happiness Is The Downings (Heartwarming Records/R3069): City Of Gold; The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference; Laying Up Treasures; If That Isn't Love; Mine For The Asking; Exactly What I Need; A Great, Great Day; He Will Provide; More Than Enough; Nailing My Sins To His Cross; Are You Tired; Happiness. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Sue Chenault (Dodge), Larry Ford, Dony McGuire).

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1970 This Is The Day (Heartwarming Records/R3092): This Is The Day; I Find No Fault In Him; I've Got Confidence; Healer Of Broken Hearts; No Need To Worry; The Longer I Serve Him; One Of These Days; He Is Mine And I Am His; The Broken Vessel; One More Time; The End Was The Beginning. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Wayne Hilliard, Linda Robinson).

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1971 Once More With Feeling (Heartwarming Records/R3127): The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power; Because He Loves Me; Put Your Hand In The Hand; The One Left Behind; What A Happy Day; There's Something About That Name; When He Reached Down His Hand; Then Why The Tears; I Got My Heart Set On Heaven; A Drink Of Life. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Wayne Hilliard, Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1971 This Is How It Is Live (Heartwarming Records/R3151): Redemption Draweth Nigh; Because He Loves Me; I Find No Fault In Him; The End Was The Beginning; I've Got Confidence; One More Time; Bridge Over Troubled Waters; The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power; If That Isn't Love; The Broken Vessel; Healer Of Broken Hearts. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Wayne Hilliard, Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1972 Neighbors (Heartwarming Records/R3175): A Wonderful Day; It's A Good Life; The Eastern Gate; Precious Jesus; Brother You've Gotta Live It; The Unseen Hand; I'll Soon Be Gone; God Washed The Dirty Feet Of Men; The Lighthouse; Ten Thousand Years. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1972 Great Gospel Songs (Vista Records/R1229): Jesus Is Coming Soon; On The Sunny Banks; Farther Along; More Than Enough; City Of Gold; If That Isn't Love; Laying Up Treasures; Are You Tired; Happiness; Nailing My Sins To His Cross. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Wayne Hilliard, Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1973 Love Beyond Compare (Heartwarming Records/R3203): Love Beyond Compare; Praise The Lamb Of God; Oh I Need Him; He's More Than Just A Swear Word; Before I Found The Lord; Happiness; There's Something In The Air; One More Day; A Wonderful Feeling; Rise And Be Healed; No Time For Jesus. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1973 Greater (Heartwarming Records/R3264): When I Say Jesus; I Didn't See, Yet I Believe; Then Where Would I Be; My Promised Land; Greater Is He That Is In Me; Caught Up Together; I Love Him Too Much; Because He Lives; Til The Storm Passes By; Thank You Lord. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1973 Singing From The Heart (Vista Records/R1239): The Holy Hills Of Heaven; In The Still Of The Night; Daddy Sang Bass; I'll Follow The Sun; Why Should I Worry Or Fret; It's In Your Hands; Going Home; In A Silent World; Rolling Riding Rocking; Gettin' Ready Today. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1973 Sweet Spirit (Vista Records/R1244): Sweet, Sweet Spirit; You Sho Do Need Him Now; I Shall Be At Home With Jesus; Do Right And Come Smiling Thru; Wonderful Love; I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary; The Way, The Truth, The Life; Things That Matter; Had It Not Been; Is My Lord Satisfied With Me. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire, Nathan McGee Peters).

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1974 I Feel So Good About It (Heartwarming Records/R3303): I Feel So Good About It; In His Presence; God's Wonderful People; The Family Of God; Lord Don't Take Your Love From Me; Oh I Want To See Him; He Gave Me Joy; Praise Him Now; He Rescued Me; Just Keep Praising Him. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire).

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1975 Praise Him! Live (Heartwarming Records/R3326): The Love Of God; I Feel So Good About It; I Just Want To Know That You Still Love Me; Because He Lives; I Have Something To Give; Blessed Be The Name; Come On, Let's Praise Him; Oh, I Want To See Him; Jesus Is The Answer; I Came To Praise The Lord; Gettin' Ready Today; He Touched Me; If I Can Help Somebody; God's Wonderful People; Greater Is He That Is In Me; It Is My Desire; He Is Lord; To Be Like Jesus; He Gave His Joy; That's Worth Everything; The Family Of God. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire).

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1976 Spiritfest (Impact Records/R3401): People; My Vision; Without Love; Mary Had The Sweetest Little Lamb; You've Got The Power; Operator; It's My Desire; Where There Was Darkness; Lord Keep My Feet; Let Me Sing Your Song. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire).

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1977 Birthplace (Impact Records/R3431): I've Got A Song; I Know His Name; I'm Not Lonely; Sunshine; Beautiful People; Better Days; Little Children; You're The One; Lift Him Higher; If We Were One. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire).

1977 Up And Easy The Very Best Of The Downings (Impact Records/R3498): I've Got Confidence; There's Something In The Air; Greater Is He That Is In Me; I Feel So Good About It; Just Keep Praising Him; A Wonderful Feeling; Because He Loves Me; Rise And Be Healed; Love Beyond Compare; I Didn't See, Yet I Believe; In His Presence; When I Say Jesus. (Paul Downing, Ann Downing, Joy Dyson (Gardner), Dony McGuire).

1980 Let's Praise Him (Impact Records)

1996 The Downings Vol 2 (Daywind Records/Hall Of Fame Series]]/8003): Happiness; Why Should I Worry Or Fret; The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference; Thatís Worth Everything; Going Home; Because He Lives; Thereís Something About That Name; I Believe In A Hill Called Mt Calvary; Get All Excited; He Touched Me; Iíve Got Confidence; When I Say Jesus; You Sho Do Need Him Now; Ten Thousand Years; Itís My Desire; Jesus Is Coming Soon; The Longer I Serve Him; I Feel So Good About It; The Holy Hills Of Heaven; Greater Is He.

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