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The Songfellows Quartet (1954-Present)
The Songfellows Quartet was known as Bob Jones and the Stamps Harmony Boys prior to the name change in 1954. They began in 1943 and Earl Weatherford was the tenor singer. Other members were Clyde Burleson, Raddy Weston, Raymond Weston and Lee Jones, Bob Senior's brother. In 1945 the quartet moved to Fresno, California; but In 1951-52 the quartet was based in Atlanta and was called the Songmasters Quartet. They worked for Connor Hall and the Homeland Harmony Quartet. That group was Warren Holmes, Ralph Daily, Vernon Bright and Bob Jones Senior. Jim Waites was also part of that group for a few months.
The Songfellows Quartet is now one of the longest lasting groups in the history of Southern Gospel Music. It all started back in the 1920’s when a young man in Sweetwater, Texas attended a Stamp School of Music. That young man, Bob Jones Sr, 2006 inductee of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, formed the quartet in San Diego in 1944. One of the original members was another Hall of Fame member, Earl Weatherford. Together they developed a style of quartet singing that influenced an entire generation of quartets, including the Weatherfords, Imperials and the Cathedral Quartet.
In 1954 The Songfellows Quartet was launched on the Mutual Radio Network. Over the next 57 years the quartet was the premier gospel quartet in the western states of America. Except for their annual appearance on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. their ministry was exclusive in the west. In 2006 the quartet moved from Los Angeles, California to Nashville, Tennessee.
The Songfellows have been involved in radio and television since the beginning. Their radio broadcasts on KFI in Los Angeles literally covered the entire 14 Western States every Sunday night. They performed with many of the great country artist on Los Angeles and Bakersfield television. Today they are the featured artist on "The Brush Arbor Jubilee" seem in over 30 million homes in the US and Canada and by satellite around the world on the RURAL/FamliyNet Channels.
While the quartet recorded many 78 rpm singles it was in 1958 when they cut their first LP album for Dial Records in Hollywood, it was titled Sunday Jubilee. Two recordings were made for Cornerstone Records, Bob Jones' Songfellows follows by The Full Sound of the Songfellows. Over a dozen LPs were produced by their own label Gospel Singtime before they signed with HeartWarming Records in Nashville. Their first recording contained the chart topping hit, "Forty Days and Forty Nights". In 1989 the group signed with Homeland Records where they are today. Their last two projects, "The Bible Told Me So" and "LISTEN" have set sales records for the Songfellows.
1958 Sunday Jubilee (Dial Records/LP 5159): Something Within Me; Keep Walking; When We All Get Together; Riding The Range For Jesus; Troubled River; He's Got The Whole World In His Hands; Hide Me, Rock Of Ages; Every Hour And Every Day; Softly And Tenderly; He Knows Just How Much We Can Bear; Showers Of Blessing (Dwight Hicks, Bobby Jones, Bob Jones, Paul Cagle).
1959 The Bob Jones' Songfellows (Corner Stone Records/BJ-741): Medley: O How I Love Jesus/To Me He Is So Wonderful; His Love; Wonderful Saviour; Sho' Do Need Him Now; Up Above My Head; Not My Will; Known Only To Him; Tell My Friends; I Found The Answer; Listen; Look Up; Someone To Care (Roger Bankson, Bob Jones Sr, Bob Jones Jr, Kenny Martin, Jerry Evans).
1960 The Full Sound (Corner Stone Records/BJ-742): More About Jesus; Lord, Carry Me Home; Great Gettin' Up Morning (Medley); What A Day That Will Be; There Is No One For Me But Jesus; Only Believe; Amazing Grace; My Lord's Gonna Lead Me Out; When They Call My Name; I Am The Man; When I'm Alone; Nothing At All; (Roger Bankson, Bob Jones Sr, Bob Jones Jr, Kenny Martin, Jerry Evans).
1961 Get Happy (Corner Stone Records/BJ-743): Get Happy; His Name Is Wonderful (Medley); Heaven Is Forever; I Love To Be Alone With Jesus; We're Crossin' Over; Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace; Just For Today; Glad Reunion Day; Hide Thou Me; Lord I Want To Go To Heaven (Roger Bankson, Bob Jones Sr, Bob Jones Jr, Kenny Martin, Jerry Evans).
1962 Something Within Me (Gospel Singtime Records/BJ-744): Something Within; He's Everything To Me; Devil And His Old Suitcase; I Saw A Man; I'm Free Again; Farther Along; Dear Jesus Abide With Me; How Great Thou Art; Teach Me Lord To Wait; At Calvary; Saved By Grace; Hide Me Rock Of Ages (Roger Bankson, Bob Jones Sr, Bob Jones Jr, Kenny Martin, Jerry Evans).
19?? Souvenir Album (Gospel Singtime Records/BJ 743-4): Get Happy and Something Within Me packaged together in a 2-disc set.
1963 Coming Your Way (Gospel Singtime Records/BJ-745): Wonderful Love; He’s A Personal Savior; I’ll Be There; My God Is Real; Keep Me; Way Down Deep In My Soul; He’s Already Done; Oh What A Savior; When I Stand With God; Every Hour, Every Day; I Won’t Have To Cross Jordan Alone; God Made A Way (Sherrill Nielsen, Bobby Jones, Bob Jones, Doug Jones, Livy Freeman).
1964 Merry Christmas (Gospel Singtime Records/BJ-748): Hark The Herald Angels Sing; O Holy Night; O Come All Ye Faithful; The First Noel; Go Tell It On The Mountain; Silent Night; Silver Bells; I'll Be Home For Christmas; C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S; White Christmas; Christmas Song; Winter Wonderland (Glen Lee, Bob Jones Sr, Bob Jones Jr, Frank Hartog, John Linebarger).
1965 A Gospel Concert By The Songfellows Quartet California's Favorites (Heartwarming Records/Benson Records/Stereo Version LPS-1850/High Fidelity Version LPHF-1851): Wasted Years; Forty Days And Forty Nights; Love Is The Key; I've Been To Calvary; You Just Don't Know What Lonesome Is; The Touch Of The Master's Hand; It's In Your Hands; Lord I'm Thankful; I Get A Little Closer (Al Harkins, Bob Jones Jr, Bob Jones Sr, Al Harkins, L D Mullins, John Linebarger).
1966 Meeting Tonight (Heartwarming Records/Benson Records/Stereo Version LPS-1892/High Fidelity Version LPHF-1893): I Keep My Mind On Heaven; He Touched Me; Walk With Me; We Don't Have As Far To Go; Love Is The Reason; He's Done So Much For Me; Lord, I Need You; Close To The Master; Meeting Tonight; Prayer Is The Answer; Don't Grieve When I Leave; Peace In The Valley (Al Harkins, Bob Jones Jr, Bob Jones Sr, Al Harkins, L D Mullins, John Linebarger).
1966 Like Father Like Son (Heartwarming Records/Benson Records/Stereo Version LPS-1898/High Fidelity Version LPHF-1899): There's A Light Guiding Me; Cleanse Me; Hold To God's Unchanging Hand; Why Should He Love Me So; Beyond The Sunset; Precious Memories; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; In The Garden; A Rich Man Am I; I'm Surrounded By His Love; Till There Was Jesus; He Cared That Much For Me (Al Harkins, Bob Jones Jr, Bob Jones Sr, Al Harkins, L D Mullins, John Linebarger).
1989 The Light Of His Love (Homeland Records/HD8910): The Light Of His Love; Close To The Master; I Get A Little Closer; I've Been To Calvary; Forty Days And Forty Nights; Glory, Glory, Clear The Road; Lord I Need You Again; Peace In The Valley; Since He Lifted Me; Walk With Me.
1993 First Came Gethsemane (Homeland Records/HD9312): Departing Flight; The Next Face I See; We're All Going Home (In The Morning); No Less Than Me; Love Lifted Me; Sustaining Grace; It's Not Over Till It's Over; A Secret Place; One Year Closer To The Master; First Came Gethsemane (Bob Jones Sr, Bob Jones Jr, Don Nixon, Jerry Pearson, Everett Evans).
1995 Legends In Song (Homeland Records/HD9528): I'll Fly Away; Without Him; Unclouded Day; Sailing Away; When He Reached Down His Hand; Heaven's Jubilee; It Is No Secret; Built On Amazing Grace; How Long Has It Been; Where No One Stands Alone.
1996 Love That Gospel Music (Homeland Records/HD9633): Don't You Just Love That Gospel Music; Faith Unlocks The Door; Just A Little Talk With Jesus; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; Oh What A Savior; God Takes Good Care Of Me; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; Something Within Me; Something Beautiful; You'll Never Walk Alone; I'll Fly Away.
1997 I Am The Man (Homeland Records/HD9739): Mercy River; I Am The Man; Somebody Touched The Lord; Gloryland; Look For Me; Come Morning; I Go To The Rock Of Ages; He's Not Disappointed In Me; What Kind Of Christian Are You; Mansion Over The Hilltop; Wedding Music (Randy Price, Bob Jones Jr, Bob Jones Sr, Jerry Pearson).
2008 Hymns Of The Homeland (Homeland Records/HSF1208): I Love To Tell The Story; Room At The Cross; Palms Of Victory; Precious Memories; Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus; In The Garden; Wonderful Peace; Just Over In The Gloryland; The Old Rugged Cross; Peace In The Valley; Amazing Grace; Just As I Am; Standing On The Promises.
???? Just A Closer Walk With Thee (Homeland Records): God Takes Good Care Of Me; Without Him; I'm Not Giving Up; First Came Gethsemane; Sustaining Grace; It Is No Secret; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; Compared To Calvary; Love Lifted Me; Look For Me; I Prayed Through Today; The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference.
2011 Mercy River (Homeland Records/HD0510): Getting Ready Today; Mercy River; Old Time Religion; Love Will Roll The Clouds Away; Look For Me At Jesus Feet; Tell Me The Story Again; The Lighthouse; When I Stand With God; What A Day That Will Be; Where The Soul Never Dies (Rick Strickland, Bob Jones Jr, Ed Hill, Brad Smith).
2011 The Bible Told Me So (Homeland Records/HD09201101): The Bible Told Me So; Till The Storm Passes By; Black And White; Sailing Away; That's Enough; Oh What A Savior; Your First Day In Heaven; Medley: No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus/Jesus Is All The World To Me/Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know/Standing Somewhere In The Shadows/Jesus Is The One; He Touched Me; Grand Old Highway (Rick Strickland, Bob Jones Jr, Ed Hill, Brad Smith).