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Earl Smith "Smitty" Gatlin (July 25, 1935 - March 20, 1972)
Smitty Gatlin was a native of Prospect, Tennessee, the son of Margaret and Frank Gatlin Sr. In 1956, Gatlin caught the ear of promoter Wally Fowler. Soon he was managing and singing lead for a backup group called the Country Boys. When the Oak Ridge Quartet disbanded in December, Fowler introduced Gatlin and the rest of the Country Boys on New Years Eve as the new Oak Ridge Quartet.
SGMA Hall Of Fame (1999)
1964 Songs From The Heart (Heartwarming Records/Benson Records/Stereo Version LPS-1778/High Fidelity Version LPHF-1779): The Way That He Loves; You Can Count On Me; Lord, I Need You; I'd Rather Have Jesus; Narrow, Narrow Way; Beautiful Isle; Time Has Made A Change; Highway To Glory; The Lord I Worship; The Last Mile Of The Way; You'll Never Walk Alone; It Will Be Worth It.