Ernest N. Edwards (1923-1998)

Ernest Nolen Edwards, a graduate of the University of Alabama, was gospel music fan, performer, songwriter, and music publishing company owner.

After service in the US Army during World War 2, Edwards hitch-hiked from coast to coast, attending singing conventions in 48 states, Canada, and Mexico. Edwards also served as the Roving Reporter for Stamps-Baxter's Gospel Music News.

He sometimes performed as a one man quartet, jumping between all four parts. During his travels he compiled a scrapbook of all of the songwriters he met and eventually became a songwriter himself. Later, Edwards operated the Ernest N. Edwards Music Company of Bessemer, Alabama. He is possibly best remembered for The Edwards Album, a book that included 72 songs he wrote and/or arranged, 40 songs by others, photographs of 113 of the nationís finest quartets, and photos of 154 of the leading gospel songwriters, editors, and publishers of the period. The book also contained excerpts from his Roving Reporter columns.

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