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I.Inspirationals

Group Members

(Partial List)

Tenor
Curtis Elkins (????-????)
Jim Murray (????-????)
Danny Scales (????-????)
Roger McDuff (????-????)
Jimmy Perkins (????-????)
Dan Keeton (2017-present)

Lead
Jory Waldon (????-????)
Bobby Wills (????-????)
Billy Hamm (????-????)
Dale Shipley (????-????)
Jim Wesson (????-????)
Jory Walden (????-????)
Gary McSpadden (????-????)
Ralph Green (1972-????, ????-present)

Baritone
Bobby Wills (????-????)
Billy Hamm (????-????)
Ron Wills (????-present)

Bass
John Hall (????-????)
Joel Kelsey (????-????)
Johnny Hayes (????-????)
Dwight Edwards (????-????)
Bob Cameron (????-????)
Charles Nix (????-????)
Mike Oleson (????-????)
Ray Burdett (????-????)
Jim Tucker (????-????)
Don Wills (????-present)

Piano
Jimmy Doane (????-????)
Charles Slagle (????-????)
Tom Smith (????-????)
Butch Williams (????-????)
Art Bain (????-????)
James Clark (????-????)
Bobby Wills (????-present)

Organ
Jack Bell (????-????)

Unknown Positions

The Inspirationals (1958-present)

History

Bob Wills Sr. owned and managed The Inspirationals Quartet in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Wills was a cousin to the popular country artist who shared his name. Some of the group members who passed through The Inspirationals Quartet included future Imperials and Gaither Vocal Band tenor Jim Murray, future Perfect Heart and Freedom Quartet lead singer Dale Shipley, future Imperials and Gaither Vocal Band singer Gary McSpadden, and bass singer Big John Hall. For many years, the group was billed as "Bob Wills & The Inspirationals."

The Inspirationals name lay dormant for a number of years as Bob Wills Jr. traveled with his wife and other family members as The Wills Family. In 2017, The Inspirationals Quartet name was revived with members including keyboard player Bob Wills Jr. (aka "Bobby"), bass Don Wills (bass), baritone Ron Wills, lead Ralph Green, and tenor Dan Keeton.

Discography

(incomplete)

???? The Light Of The Day Sword And Shield Records/LPM-4004): The Light Of The Day; It's Different Now; When He Reached Down His Hand For Me; I Know He Heard My Prayer; I Need Thee; Ten Thousand Angels; Teach Me Lord To Wait; I'll Meet You In The Morning; He's All I Need; Wonderful Savior; He Set Me Free; How Great Thou Art (Roger McDuff, Jory Waldon, Bobby Wills, John Hall, Jimmy Doane).

???? Lord, I Want You Near Sword And Shield Records/LPM-4005):

hi-res
???? Don't You Want To See Daybreak Sword And Shield Records/LPM-4007): Don't You Want To See Daybreak; The Answer Came; A White Rose; Close To The Master; What A Day; Treasures Forever; Closer; Life Begins At Calvary; The Altar Call; I Asked The Lord; Sorry, I Never Knew You; Don't Say No (Jimmy Perkins, Bob Wills, Billy Hamm, Joel Kelsey, Art Bain).

???? Colorful Requests (Skylite Records/6042): Didn't It Rain;; Turn To Jesus; If I Pray; If God Ruled Your Heart; The Wonder Of It All; He's Not Disappointed In Me Anymore; The Tore The Old Country Church Down; Love Like The Sun; Worry Who I; Because He Loved Me; You Can Count On Me; You Just Don't Know What Lonesome Is.

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