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Roland Dwayne "Rosie" Rozell (August 29, 1928 - February 28, 1995)


Rosie Rozell

Statesmen 1964

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Biography

Rosie Rozell became one of the premier tenors in the Southern Gospel Music industry. He was inducted into Southern Gospel Music Association (SMGA) Hall of Fame in 1999. After singing with the Tulsa Trumpeteers from the late 1940s through the mid-1950s, he was hired by the Statesmen Quartet in 1958. He quickly emerged as a unique stylist, thrilling audiences with unforgettable performances on songs like "Hide Thou Me," "Leave It There," and "Oh What A Savior." Over the next decade and a half, he anchored the tenor position and helped keep the quartet at the top of the Southern Gospel Music profession. In January 1970, Rosie left the Statesmen to form a successful family group--Rosie Rozell And The Searchers. Over the next two decades, he remained one of the most popular personalities in the gospel music industry and, despite poor health, continued to perform with amazing quality and consistency. He returned briefly to the Statesmen in the mid-1970s and then sang as one of the founding members of the legendary Masters V in the early 1980s. He also sang with the James Blackwood Quartet and the Foggy River Boys.

Awards

SGMA Hall Of Fame (1999)

Discography

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