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R.Rambos


The Gospel Echoes
(l-r) Buck Rambo, Judy Russell, Dottie Rambo

Group Members

Vocalists
Dottie Rambo (195?-1980)
Buck Rambo (195?-1980)
Judy Russell (195?-19??)
Shirley Bivens (19??-196?)
Joe Hatfield (1965)
Pat Jones (1965-1967)
Reba Rambo (1965-1979)
Patty Carpenter (1979-1980)

Pianists
Darius Spurgeon (19671968)
Kenny Parker (19??-19??)
David Huntsinger (19761979)
Dony McGuire (19??-19??)

Bass Guitarists
Kenny Hicks (19??-19??)


The Gospel Echoes
(l-r) Shirley Bivens, Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo

The Rambos
(l-r) Buck Rambo, Reba Rambo, Dottie Rambo

The Rambos (195?-1980)

(also known as the Gospel Echoes and The Singing Rambos)

History

The Rambos were first billed as the Gospel Echoes in the 1950s. Original group members included Buck & Dottie Rambo and their pastor's daughter, Judy Russell.

In the early 1960s, Governor Jimmie Davis began publishing Dottie Rambo's songs. The popularity of the Gospel Echoes began to grow as a result. The group began recording for Warner Brothers in 1963, but the label wanted them to transition to a secular folk style. In 1965, the group name was changed to The Singing Rambos. That same year, Buck and Dottie's daughter, Reba Rambo, became an official group member and they moved to the Benson Company's Heartwarming Records label. As the years progressed, the group name was shortened to The Rambos.

In 1967, the Rambos entertained the troops in Vietnam. For that particular tour, they were billed as the "Swinging Rambos."

With original songs composed by Dottie (who would go on to write over 2500 songs) and their mixed trio format, The Rambos were unique in an industry dominated by male quartets. One popular tour billed as Gospel Fest U.S.A. included the Rambos along with the Oak Ridge Boys and J D Sumner & The Stamps. In 1977, they had a number one song on the Singing News airplay chart in "I've Never Been This Homesick Before."

Reba left the group in 1979 and was replaced by Patty Carpenter. The trio only continued for a short time after Reba's departure. Buck and Dottie recorded at least two albums as a duet format during the 1980s. Dottie's solo career continued until her death in 2008.

Awards

GMA Hall Of Fame (2001)

Singing News Fan Awards:
Album of the Year (1970 - This Is My Valley)

Discography

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???? Draw Me Near (Custom Records): Old Country Church; Where Will I Shelter My Sheep; What Can I Offer; Closer To Thee; Jesus; I Am Thine, O Lord; Touch The Hand Of The Lord; The Black Sheep; I'll Be Ready; Precious Memories; Got So Many Million Years; Sorry, I Never Knew You (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Shirley Bivens).

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1960 or 61 Get On Board (Custom Records) Teach Me Lord To Wait; Our Debts Will Be Paid; Lazarus; I'm Longing To Go; Love Is Why; Get On Board; Nothing; Because Of Him; It's Different Now; His To Command; When I Move; Until Then; Room At The Cross (The first second songs on Side A feature the Gospel Echoes. The six songs on the B side feature the Christian Chapel Trio) (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Shirley Bivins).

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1963 The Gospel Echoes Sing Songs Of Jim (Chief) Wetherington Of The Statesmen Quartet (Warner Brothers Records/WB-1499): I Need Thee Every Day; Have You Followed After Jesus; Wake Me Shake Me Lord; When My Race On Earth Is Run; I Made It Right That Night; By His Stripes You Are Healed; It's All Because Of Sin; Prayer Changes Things; My Lord It's Been A Long Time; The Future Looks Brighter To Me; I'm The Least In The Kingdom; Tell Them What It's All About (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Shirley Bivens).

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1964 Warner Brothers Present The Gospel Echoes (Warner Brothers Records/WB-1545): Somebody Else Will; I Tell My Secrets To The Lord; He Must Die; I'm Longing To Go; Come Spring; It's Sweet To Look Beyond; There's Nothing My God Can't Do; This Man; Oh! What A Love; Made Up Mind; My Visit To Heaven; Freedom After Awhile (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Shirley Bivens).

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1965 Cross Country Concert By The Gospel Echoes (Heartwarming Records/Benson Records/Stereo Version LPS-1804/High Fidelity Version LPHF-1805): I Will Never Turn Back; Keep Your Eyes On Jesus; God, Our Maker; Jubilee; Lord, I Need You Again Today; Before You Die; When We All Shall Gather There; Reunion In Heaven; I Saw The Lord; Sweet Peace; Dad's Grave; Dark Old Dungeon (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Shirley Bivens)

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1965 Dottie, Buck & Joe (Heartwarming Records/Benson Records/Stereo Version LPS-1928/High Fidelity Version LPHF-1929): On The Sunny Banks; My Pilot; Darkness Comes Before The Dawn; They Tore The Old Country Church Down; In The Beginning; Full Up No Vacancy; Lord Do It Again; New Jerusalem; Jesus; My Mother Prayed For Me; I'm Only Gonna Be Here Long Enough; Amazing Love (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Joe Hatfield).

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1965 Those Singing Rambos (Heartwarming Records/Benson Records/Stereo Version LPS-1869/High Fidelity Version LPHF-1870): Wait For An Answer; Remind Me Dear Lord; Prisoner Of Love; Sunday Is Father's Day; It'll All Be Over But The Shoutin'; Moments; We Don't Have As Far To Go; Castaway; I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey; I Have The Lord; I Want Two Sings; Welcome Home (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Reba Rambo, Pat Jones).

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1965 Come Spring (Heartwarming Records/HWS 1884): Come Spring; There Is Power In The Blood; Is That The Lights Of Home; Each Step You Take; Constantly Aware Of His Love; I'll Sleep Beside You Someday; Thank You For The Valley; I've Learned To Lean On The Lord; I Have Hope; Mercy; What Can I Offer; Could That Be A Gospel Song. (Dottie, Buck, Reba, Pat Jones).

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1967 Gospel Ballads (Heartwarming Records/HWS 1919): In The Beginning; Marvelous Grace; When Payday Comes; Father Dear, I'm Coming Home; Old Home Place; Where Goes The Wind; When I Lift Up My Head; One More Valley; Silent Bells; My Heart Can See; Mama's Teaching Angels How To Sing; Somebody Prayed For Me. (Dottie, Buck, Reba, Pat Jones).


1967 There's Nothing My God Can't Do (Heartwarming Records/HWS 1949): Somebody Else Will; I Tell My Secrets To The Lord; He Must Die; I'm Longing To Go; Come Spring; It's Sweet To Look Beyond; There's Nothing My God Can't Do; This Man; Oh What A Love; Made Up Mind; My Visit To Heaven; Freedom After Awhile (This is a re-release of an album originally released in 1964 under the original group name, The Gospel Echoes called Warner Brothers Present The Gospel Echoes) (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Shirley Bivens).

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1968 The Soul Singing Rambos (Heartwarming Records/HWS 1953): He Looked Beyond My Faults; Troubles Can Break You Or Make You A Man; A Hymn From Way Back Home; By And By The Night Will Vanish; I Have A Home; I Still Believe; I Just Came To Talk With You Lord; I've Seen All Of This World; Don't Take My Cross Away; A Picture Of Your Mother; God Has No Certain Dwelling Place. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).


1968 Presenting The Singing Rambos (Heartwarming Records/HWS 1969): I Need Thee Every Day; Have You Followed After Jesus; Wake Me, Shake Me Lord; When My Race On Earth Is Run; I Made It Right That Night; By His Stripes You Are Healed; It's All Because Of Sin; Prayer Changes Things; My Lord It's Been A Long Time; The Future Looks Brighter To Me; I'm The Least In The Kingdom; Tell Them What It's All About

(This is a re-release of an album originally released in 1963 under the original group name, The Gospel Echoes called The Gospel Echoes Sing Songs Of Jim Wetherington) (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Shirley Bivens).

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1968 An Evening With The Singing Rambos (Heartwarming Records/HWS 1991): As Long As You Walk With Me; I'm Gonna Leave Here Shoutin'; The Holy Hills Of Heaven; Will There Be Any Stars; Had It Not Been; Big, Big Man; Where Did All The Good Folks Go; Too Much To Gain To Lose; He Cared That Much For Me; If I Were My Brother; God You Never Cried; Where Will You Be. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1969 This Is My Valley (Heartwarming Records/HWS 3032): This Is My Valley; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; One More River; Heaven Will Never Welcome A Sweeter Mama; At The Meetin'; Angels Sound The Golden Trumpet; If That Isn't Love; Pray My Way Back Home; On The Mountaintop; Kind Shepherd; You Must Feel The Winds Of Trial; One More Exodus. (Dottie, Buck Reba).

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1970 The Real Thing (Heartwarming Records/HWS 3076): Build My Mansion; Promises; I Won't Ask For More; Over The Mountain; I Can't Go Home Again; Exactly What I Need; Don't Take Jesus; Today Is Tomorrow's Yesterday; Gettin' Ready Today; When God Gathers Us Home; Don't Wish The Good Times Away; It's A Long, Long Line. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1971 Soul Classics (Heartwarming Records/HWS 3100): In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul; No Lock On My Mansion Door; Eternity Will Be Long Enough; Oh What A Happy Day; Ringing Of The Hammer; How Many Rivers; Mama Always Had A Song; Who's Gonna Teach My Children's Children; Runnin' Free; Don't It Make You Feel Little; Somebody Stepped On Board; Goin' Toward The Setting Of The Sun. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1971 Live (Heartwarming Records/HWS 3116): One More River; Build My Mansion; The Holy Hills Of Heaven; No Lock On My Mansion Door; When Is He Coming Again; Too Much To Gain To Lose; The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul; Mama Always Had A Song; Oh What A Happy Day; If That Isn't Love; When I Lift Up My Head; He Looked Beyond My Faults; Don't Take My Cross Away; Come Spring; One More Valley. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1971 Rambo Reflections (Heartwarming Records/HWS 3137): The Unseen Hand; Just For A Day; God's World; Don't Let Me Walk Too Far From Calvary; When Is He Coming Again; Lead My Steps By The River; The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side; Mama's Treasures; I'm Gonna Make It; The Good Lord Walks With Me. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1971 Songs Of Love And Hope (Vista Records/R1222): When I Lift Up My Head; Marvelous Grace; I Just Came To Talk With You Lord; I Have Hope; Constantly Aware Of His Love; Remind Me Dear Lord; Prisoner Of Love; Will There Be Any Stars; He Cared That Much For Me; Is That The Lights Of Home. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1971 If That Isn't Love (Vista Records/R1228): If That Isn't Love; Sunday Is Father's Day; I Want Two Wings; Father Dear, I'm Coming Home; Mama's Teaching Angels How To Sing; Don't Take My Cross Away; There Is Power In The Blood; Old Home Place; Thank You For The Valley; I've Learned To Lean On The Lord. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1972 Soul In The Family (Heartwarming Records/R3173): No One Else Can Lead Me Home; If Heaven's A Dream; Ten Thousand Years; I'm Gonna Wake Up In Glory; One Step At A Time; Things Are Gonna Be Better Afterwhile; I Gave Him Nothing 'Till I Gave Him All; I Have A Longing; I Can Feel The Touch Of His Hand; It Will Pass. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

1972 The Best Of The Rambos (Heartwarming Records/R3187): Sheltered In The Arms Of God; He Looked Beyond My Faults; One More River; I Just Came To Talk With You Lord; The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me; Oh What A Happy Day; If That Isn't Love; The Unseen Hand; One More Valley; Come Spring; Remind Me Dear Lord; Build My Mansion.

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1972 Buck, Dottie And Reba (Vista Records/R1232): He Looked Beyond My Faults; Life's Railway To Heaven; Sunshine, Shine On; I Have A Father Who Can; The Way, The Truth, The Life; Kind Shepherd; Good News Got Around; Lord, Do It Again; Promises; It's Sweet To Look Beyond. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1973 Sing Me On Home (Heartwarming Records/R3229): First Time I Heard About Heaven; Sing Me On Home; I Heard Footsteps; Resting In The Arms Of A Never Failing God; Sailing Toward Home; Ain't It Good News; Little Brown Church In The Grove; Running My Last Mile Home; Shepherd Of The Hills; He Changed My Tears To Showers Of Blessings (Also released in 1973 on Vista Records/R1719) (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1973 Sonshine (Heartwarming Records/R3270): Precious Jesus; Let Go Of This World; Ain't It Good To See The Sunshine Again; They Didn't Take Him To Calvary; Jesus Won't You Come And Take Us Home; March Around The Throne One More Time For Me; The Touch Of Mama's Hand; Free; Calvary Will Be My Refuge; Let's All Sing About Him; Jesus Is The Answer; He Is Lord; Alleluia (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

1973 Belief (Vista Records/R1242): I Still Believe; In The Beginning; I'm Gonna Leave Here Shoutin; Silent Bells; Kind Shepherd; Come Spring; Somebody Prayed For Me; When Payday Comes; I'll Sleep Beside You Someday; Where Goes The Wind. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1973 Too Much To Gain To Lose (Vista Records/R1247): Too Much To Gain To Lose; A Hymn From Way Back Home; Mercy; By And By The Night Will Vanish; Where Will You Be; I Have The Lord; Big, Big Man; I've Seen All Of This World; Troubles Can Break You Or Make You A Man; God Has No Certain Dwelling Place. (Dottie, Buck, Reba). (Compilation.)

1973 Spotlighting The Rambos - Buck, Dottie, Reba (Vista Records/R1250): A New World; His Steps Didn't Stop At Calvary; Daddy Sang Bass; These Hands; When I Lift Up My Head; It's Me Again Lord; I Just Came To Talk With You Lord; I'll Follow The Lord; Made Up Mind; That's Just His Way. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1974 Yours, Until He Comes (Heartwarming Records/R3310): Until He Comes; Garden Of My Heart; Because I Felt It; New Shoes; A New Song To Sing; Amazing Grace; Touched With His Love; Sacred Treasures; My Song Is New; Bless His Holy Name. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1974 Alive And Live At Souls Harbor (Heartwarming Records/2R3347): Oh What A Happy Day; Ten Thousand Years; March Around The Throne One Time For Me; Harbor In The Time Of Storm; Amazing Grace; Dottie Rambo Medley; Ain't It Good News; Running My Last Mile Home; Precious Jesus; The Touch Of Mama's Hand; New Shoes; I'll Fly Away; Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City; Until He Comes; How Great Thou Art; Bless His Holy Name. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1974 Softly And Tenderly (World Of Rambo Records/WR00050): God Shall Wipe All Tears Away; How Beautiful Heaven Must Be; Angel Band; Blessed Assurance; Precious Memories; Without Him; Hallelujah; What A Friend; Leaning On The Everlasting Arms; Softly And Tenderly. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1975 There Has To Be A Song (Heartwarming Records/R3359): He's Ready To Come, I'm Ready To Go; Now You Can Walk With Me; By His Love Possessed; Jesus; Give Them All To Jesus; Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City; Harbor In The Time Of Storm; Shattered Dreams; Another Mountain, Another Valley; I Call Him Lord. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1975 These Three Are One (Heartwarming Records/R3366): Waiting For The Son To Come On Down; What Will It Be Beyond The River; Send In The Clouds; Just To Walk With Him; How Graciously Grace Has Covered My Sins; Just When I Need Him; The Sandals; Golden Street Parade; King Of Kings; The Blood Of The Son Makes Us One. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1976 The Son Is Shining (Heartwarming Records/R3398): I Wonder If The Angels Could Use Another Singer; Would You Tell Me His Name Again; Red Scarlet Cross; This Ship Is Going Home; That's The Way It Was; The Son Is Shining; We Are Like Children; Just In Time; Don't Lift The Anchor; Jesus Thou Art Fairer To Me. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

1976 Rambo Country (Heartwarming Records/2R3429): New Shoes; Mama Always Had A Song; Things Are Gonna Be Better After While; Promises; Somebody Stepped On Board; Runnin' My Last Mile Home; Don't Let Me Walk Too Far From Calvary; He Changed My Tears To Showers Of Blessing; Too Much To Gain To Lose; Im Gonna Wake Up In Glory; Ten Thousand Years; The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side; It Will Pass; The First Time I Heard About Heaven; March Around The Throne One Time For Me; Precious Jesus; I Heard Footsteps; Don't Take My Cross Away; He Restoreth My Soul; Im Gonna Leave Here Shoutin'.

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1977 Naturally (Heartwarming Records/R3459): I've Never Been This Homesick Before; Any Moment We Could Sail Away; Follow The Leader; Bring All Your Needs To The Altar; Midnight In The Middle Of The Day; He Was The Talk Of The Town; Stand Still And See His Glory; He's Already On His Way; The Harvest; What You Say Is What You Get; Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

1978 Queen Of Paradise (Heartwarming Records/R3499): Is There Anything I Can Do For You; I Will Glory In The Cross; Stand By The River; My Old Friend; Somebody Prayed For Me; I Love The Name; Sing Me A Song Tomorrow; Queen Of Paradise; If I Could Do It All Over Again; Getting To Know You Better. (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1979 Crossin' Over (Heartwarming Records/R3540): Here Today Gone Tomorrow; Nothing Like Home To Me; Take Me For A Cleansing; Travelin' Man; I Will Not Overshadow; Behold The Lamb; I Just Came Into His Presence; Taste Of The Lamb; In And Out; Going To A Wedding (Dottie, Buck, Reba).

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1979 Silver Jubilee (Heartwarming Records/2R-3560): Build My Mansion (Next Door To Jesus); The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me; If That Isn't Love; (In The Valley) He Restoreth My Soul; Stand Still And See His Glory; Mama's Teaching Angels How To Sing; When I Lift Up My Head; I Just Came To Talk With You, Lord; Remind Me, Dear Lord; I've Never Been This Homesick Before; By His Love Possessed; I Will Glory In The Cross; Sacred Treasures; Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City; Too Much To Gain To Lose; One More Valley; What You Say Is What You Get; I Call Him Lord; Mama Always Had A Song; New Shoes; He Looked Beyond My Faults (And Saw My Need); Sheltered In The Arms Of God; Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome; Precious Jesus; Just When I Need Him (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Reba Rambo).

1980 Rambo Reunion (Heartwarming Records/R3576): The Whole World Is Singing; You Will Have To Live The Song; Keeper Of The Well; A Perfect Heart; Resurrection Day; He Just Takes Me; Touch Through Me; I'm Not A Mountain; I Gave It All Away; We Shall Behold Him (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo, Reba Rambo).

1983 Memories Made New (Heart Warming Records/R3814): I've Never Been This Homesick Before; Build My Mansion; The Holy Hills; What A Happy Day; I Will Lift You There; Medley: Overture/Remind Me Dear Lord/Precious Jesus/I Call Him Lord/When I Lift Up My Head/In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul/One More Valley/Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City/I Just Came To Talk With You Lord/Too Much To Gain To Lose/On The Sunny Banks/Come Spring/Mama Always Had A Song/Mama's Teaching Angels How To Sing/Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome/Sheltered In The Arms Of God/New Shoes/If That Isn't Love/He Looked Beyond My Faults/Ten Thousand Years.

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1984 Destined For The Throne (Impact Records): Destined For The Throne; The World's Gonna Know We've Been Here; Jesus Star Of The Morning; No Less A King; He Loved Me To Death; That Was Before The Cross And The Crown; My Heart Is Fixed; Closer Home; When His Kingdom Comes; He Could See The Eagle In Me; The Perfect Rose. (Dottie Rambo, Buck Rambo).

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1986 Reaching Around The World (Benson Records): Reaching Around The World; For What Earthly Reason; Going Through The Trials; As Long As We Can Talk It Over; It's Hard To Sing The Blues; The Artist; He Never Once Stopped Believing In Me; You Were My Way Back Home; Oh Blessed Hope; We're The Generation; Into The Holy Of Holies. (Buck Rambo, Dottie Rambo).

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