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F.Florida Boys

Group Members

The Florida Boys

Tenor
Guy Dodd (1946-1952)
Buddy Mears (1952-1956)
Coy Cook (1958-1966)
Tommy Atwood (1966-1971)
Laddie Cain (1973-1975)
Jerry Trammell (1975-1979)
Don Thomas (1980-1982)
Paul Adkins
Johnny Cook
Mark Flaker (1982-1983)
Terry Davis (1983-1986)
Greg Shockley (1980s)
Rick Busby (1986-1988)
Greg Cook (1988-1995)
Billy Hodges (1995-97)
Allen Cox (1997-2004)
Harold Reed (2004-2007)
Josh Garner (2007) (also sang lead)

Lead
Roy Howard (1946-1951)
Doyle Wiggins (1952-53)
Les Beasley (1953-1999)
Josh Garner (1999-2007) (also sang tenor)

Baritone
Edward Singletary (1946-1952)
Glen Allred (Sep 1952-1957; 1958-2007)
Tommy Fairchild (1957)

Bass
J G Whitfield (1946-1958)
George Younce (1958 - briefly)
Billy Todd (1959-72)
Buddy Liles (1972-1998)
Gene McDonald (1998-2007)
Butch Owens (2007)

Piano
Tiny Merrell (1946)
Joe Thomas (????)
Emory Parker (1954)
Livy Freeman (1955)
Derrell Stewart (1956-2007)

Bass Guitar
Tommy Watwood (1976)
Barry Miller (1977-1983)
Les Beasley (19??-2007)

Bass Guitar
Glen Allred (????-????)

Drums
Chet Johnson (1973-?)

Various Instruments
Tim Lovelace (for 9 years)

Charlie Waller's Florida Boys

Tenor
Eddie Broome (2008-2015)
Nathan Parrish (2015-2016)

Lead
Charlie Waller (2008-2016)

Baritone
Buddy Burton (2008-2010)
Chip Cooper (2010-2015) (also sang bass)
Jimmy Reno (2015-2016)

Bass
Chip Cooper (2008-2010) (also sang baritone
Paul Hyde (2010-2012)
Joe Armstrong (2012-2016)

Piano
Joshua Pope (2008; 2011-2016)

Florida Boys (1946-2007) (2008-2014)

History

The Florida Boys were originally known as the Gospel Melody Quartet. The group was formed in 1946 by J G Whitfield. Whitfield changed the group's name around 1956 inspired by Wally Fowler, who often introduced them on his programs as those "boys from Florida with sand in their shoes and a song in their heart." Whitfield left the group a couple of years later, turning over the management of the group to Les Beasley.

Under the leadership of Whitfield and Beasley, the Florida Boys became involved in television first on the Gospel Song Shop and later on the popular Gospel Singing Jubilee. They were also the first group signed to the Canaan Records label.

On radio, the Florida Boys are most remembered for their 1985 release "When He Was On The Cross." It held the top position on the Singing News chart for five months from August through December.

Baritone singer and guitar player Glen Allred, bass guitarist/former lead singer Les Beasley, and pianist Derrell Stewart were with the Florida Boys for more than 50 years dating from the 1950s to 2007. When they decided to retire in 2007, their initial plan was to retire the group name at the same time. Grand Ole Gospel Reunion promoter Charlie Waller worked out a deal to continue the group.

Waller's new Florida Boys were introduced in 2007 at the National Quartet Convention after the farewell performance by the original Florida Boys. Waller's group began officially touring in 2008. The line-up featured an entirely new cast including Waller himself singing lead, former Palmetto State Quartet lead, Eddie Broome singing tenor, Buddy Burton singing baritone, Chip Cooper singing bass, and Joshua Pope playing piano. They disbanded in 2016 after an eight year run.

Awards

GMA Hall Of Fame (1999)

Discography

Due to the large number of projects recorded by the Florida Boys, the discography section has been divided into separate pages by decade to allow for easier loading and viewing. Please click on a link below to access the decade you wish to view.

1950s and 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s Charlie Waller's Florida Boys

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