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N.National Quartet Convention

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J D Sumner bought the convention outright in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1979, Sumner sold the convention to J G Whitfield, stating that the event had become too large for one man to operate. Whitfield merged the NQC with his International Song Festival. He ran the event in 1980 and 1981 and then established a board of directors to manage the convention in 1982. Whitfield served as President and Brock Speer held the office of Secretary/Treasurer for the first board. The other members of the initial board of directors included Les Beasley, Glen Payne, Rex Nelon, Claude Hopper, Charles Burke and Don Shumate?.\\

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J D Sumner bought the convention outright in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1979, Sumner sold the convention to J G Whitfield, stating that the event had become too large for one man to operate. Whitfield merged the NQC with his International Song Festival. He ran the event in 1980 and 1981 and then established a board of directors to manage the convention in 1982. Whitfield served as President and Brock Speer held the office of Secretary/Treasurer for the first board. The other members of the initial board of directors included Les Beasley, Glen Payne, Rex Nelon, Claude Hopper, Charles Burke and Don Shumate.\\

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In 1994, the convention left Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. In recent years, the event has expanded to seven days beginning with an evening concert on Sunday night followed by six full days of Southern Gospel music. Although the NQC still retains it's original name, it features more than just quartets. Nearly every Southern Gospel group and soloist attends each year, and there is typically some representation from sister genres like Bluegrass, Country and Contemporary Christian music.

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In 1994, the convention left Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. In recent years, the event has expanded to seven days beginning with an evening concert on Sunday night followed by six full days of Southern Gospel music. Although the NQC still retains it's original name, it features more than just quartets. Nearly every Southern Gospel group and soloist attends each year, and there is typically some representation from sister genres like Bluegrass, Country and Contemporary Christian music.

In 2014, after twenty years in Louisville, the convention was relocated to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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The first National Quartet Convention was held on October 19 and 20 in 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee. J D Sumner, Cecil Blackwood and James Blackwood of The Blackwood Brothers were the founders of the famous National Quartet Convention.\\

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The first National Quartet Convention was held on October 19 and 20 in 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee. J D Sumner, Cecil Blackwood and James Blackwood of The Blackwood Brothers were the founders of the event.\\

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J D Sumner bought the convention in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee, where it remained until 1993. In 1994, the convention moved to Louisville, Kentucky. In 2007, the National Quartet Convention celebrated it's 50th anniversary.\\

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J D Sumner bought the convention outright in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1979, Sumner sold the convention to J G Whitfield, stating that the event had become too large for one man to operate. Whitfield merged the NQC with his International Song Festival. He ran the event in 1980 and 1981 and then established a board of directors to manage the convention in 1982. Whitfield served as President and Brock Speer held the office of Secretary/Treasurer for the first board. The other members of the initial board of directors included Les Beasley, Glen Payne, Rex Nelon, Claude Hopper, Charles Burke and Don Shumate?.\\

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In recent years, the event has expanded to seven days beginning with an evening concert on Sunday night followed by six full days of Southern Gospel music. Though the Quartet Convention still retains it's original name, it features more than just quartets. Nearly every Southern Gospel group and soloist attends each year, and there is typically some representation from sister genres like Bluegrass, Country and Contemporary Christian music.

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In 1994, the convention left Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. In recent years, the event has expanded to seven days beginning with an evening concert on Sunday night followed by six full days of Southern Gospel music. Although the NQC still retains it's original name, it features more than just quartets. Nearly every Southern Gospel group and soloist attends each year, and there is typically some representation from sister genres like Bluegrass, Country and Contemporary Christian music.

February 07, 2012, at 09:47 PM EST by David Bruce Murray -
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The first National Quartet Convention was held in 1957. J D Sumner, Cecil Blackwood and James Blackwood of The Blackwood Brothers were the founders of the famous National Quartet Convention formerly held in Memphis, Tennessee.\\

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The first National Quartet Convention was held on October 19 and 20 in 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee. J D Sumner, Cecil Blackwood and James Blackwood of The Blackwood Brothers were the founders of the famous National Quartet Convention.\\

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The National Quartet Convention featured all the major gospel groups at a three-day event at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.\\

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The following year, the National Quartet Convention moved to July and expanded to a three-day event at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. Tickets were $1.50 per day or $4.00 for all three days.\\

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After breaking even the first couple of years, the NQC was moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1959 and then to Atlanta, Georgia in 1960.\\

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After breaking even the first couple of years, the NQC was moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1959 and then to Atlanta, Georgia in 1960. It returned to Memphis in 1961 and was drawing annual crowds of 20,000 by the mid-1960s.\\

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It returned to Memphis in 1961 and was drawing annual crowds of 20,000 by the mid-1960s.\\

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J D Sumner bought the convention in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee, where it remained until 1993. In 1994, the convention moved to Louisville, Kentucky. In 2007, the National Quartet Convention celebrated it's 50th anniversary.\\

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J D Sumner bought the convention in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee, where it remained until 1993.

Since then, the convention has made its home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The national Quartet Convention celebrated it's 50th anniversary in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.

Basically, it is now 6 days of Southern Gospel music till you drop. The music begins at 12:30 in the afternoon and runs through midnight.

Though the Convention still retains it's original name, it features more than just quartets as nearly every Southern Gospel group and soloist attend each year.

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In recent years, the event has expanded to seven days beginning with an evening concert on Sunday night followed by six full days of Southern Gospel music. Though the Quartet Convention still retains it's original name, it features more than just quartets. Nearly every Southern Gospel group and soloist attends each year, and there is typically some representation from sister genres like Bluegrass, Country and Contemporary Christian music.

November 29, 2008, at 03:58 AM EST by Jeff Foster -
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The first National Quartet Convention was held in 1957. J D Sumner, Cecil Blackwood and James Blackwood of The Blackwood Brothers were the founders of the famous National Quartet Convention formerly held in Memphis, Tennessee.

The National Quartet Convention featured all the major gospel groups at a three-day event at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.

After breaking even the first couple of years, the NQC was moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1959 and then to Atlanta, Georgia in 1960.

It returned to Memphis in 1961 and was drawing annual crowds of 20,000 by the mid-1960s.

J D Sumner bought the convention in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee, where it remained until 1993.

Since then, the convention has made its home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The national Quartet Convention celebrated it's 50th anniversary in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.

Basically, its now 6 days of Southern Gospel music till you drop. They’ve got music going on from 12:30 in the afternoon, to midnight at night - and everybody that’s anybody in Southern Gospel music is there.

The name itself is a little misleading, because its not really all quartets anymore - but it is all Southern Gospel.

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The first National Quartet Convention was held in 1957. J D Sumner, Cecil Blackwood and James Blackwood of The Blackwood Brothers were the founders of the famous National Quartet Convention formerly held in Memphis, Tennessee.

The National Quartet Convention featured all the major gospel groups at a three-day event at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.

After breaking even the first couple of years, the NQC was moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1959 and then to Atlanta, Georgia in 1960.

It returned to Memphis in 1961 and was drawing annual crowds of 20,000 by the mid-1960s.

J D Sumner bought the convention in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee, where it remained until 1993.

Since then, the convention has made its home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The national Quartet Convention celebrated it's 50th anniversary in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.

Basically, it is now 6 days of Southern Gospel music till you drop. The music begins at 12:30 in the afternoon and runs through midnight.

Though the Convention still retains it's original name, it features more than just quartets as nearly every Southern Gospel group and soloist attend each year.

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National Quartet Convention

History

The first National Quartet Convention was held in 1957. J D Sumner, Cecil Blackwood and James Blackwood of The Blackwood Brothers were the founders of the famous National Quartet Convention formerly held in Memphis, Tennessee.

The National Quartet Convention featured all the major gospel groups at a three-day event at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.

After breaking even the first couple of years, the NQC was moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1959 and then to Atlanta, Georgia in 1960.

It returned to Memphis in 1961 and was drawing annual crowds of 20,000 by the mid-1960s.

J D Sumner bought the convention in 1971 and moved it to Nashville, Tennessee, where it remained until 1993.

Since then, the convention has made its home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The national Quartet Convention celebrated it's 50th anniversary in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.

Basically, its now 6 days of Southern Gospel music till you drop. They’ve got music going on from 12:30 in the afternoon, to midnight at night - and everybody that’s anybody in Southern Gospel music is there.

The name itself is a little misleading, because its not really all quartets anymore - but it is all Southern Gospel.

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