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Lester George Beasley (August 16, 1928 - November 17, 2018)
Les Beasley was born in 1928 in Crockett, Texas. A graduate of Louisiana State University, his career as a singer began with the McManus Trio. He then became lead singer for the Gospel Melody Quartet in 1953. The group soon changed its name to the Florida Boys and, by the late 1950s, Les had assumed the role as the quartet's manager. He remained the lead singer for the Florida Boys until 1999, at which time he switched to bass guitar. Under his direction, the Florida Boys became one of the best-known groups in Southern Gospel history.