Sam Goodman (March 1, 1931 - August 5, 1991)


Sam Goodman was born in the poverty-stricken coal mining hills of Bremen, Cullman County, north Alabama. Sam's brother, Howard Goodman formed his family singing group, putting together versions of the Goodmans featuring various combinations of his brothers and sisters, Sam, Charles (Rusty), Bobby, Ruth, Eloise, Stella and Gussie Mae, in 1938.

Howard Goodman and Vestal Goodman along with his brothers Sam and Rusty Goodman, became known as the "Happy Goodmans". They were regulars on the Sunday Morning broadcast of the Gospel Singing Jubilee.

The Happy Goodmans recorded numerous hit songs and received three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and two Grammy Awards. Sam is buried in Bay Minette Cemetery in Bay Minette, Baldwin County, Alabama, USA


Singing News Fan Awards:
Favorite Baritone (1974)

Solo Discography

1979 Happiness Is (Canaan Records/CAS-9849): Introduction; Niagara Falls; White House Concert; Texas Snow; Underwater Lawn Mower; Pick-Up Truck; Ditch Diggers; Soap Opera; Introduction Of Song; How Great Thou Art; More Like Thee; Grasshopper McClain; Footprints; A Sleeping Beauty (This album consists of mostly stories told by Sam).

1984 The Newest Thing Around (Canaan Records/CAS-9917): The Newest Thing Around; He Chose Me; This Man; Mama Sang A Song; It Is I; It Is Well; Jesus Is Coming; For Loving Me; No More Time; He Grew The Tree.

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

Big Homecoming

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