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Homer Quincy Smith

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Homer Quincy Smith (December 2, 1902, Florence, Alabama, USA) was founder and first tenor of The Southernaires.

Formed in 1929, the Southernaires were a black gospel vocal quartet that found success via the radio, without making much of an impact in the area of phonograph record sales. The group consisted of tenor singer Homer Smith (b. 1902, Florence, Alabama, USA), second tenor Lowell Peters (b. 3 March 1903, Cleveland, Tennessee, USA), baritone Jay Stone Toney (b. September 1896, Columbia, Tennessee, USA) and bass singer/narrator William W. Edmunson (b. 15 October 1902, Spokane, Washington, USA). They made their first radio appearance in October 1930 in New York City and gradually established a large following for their regular programmes. In 1933 they added pianist Clarence Jones (b. c.1880s, Wilmingon, Ohio, USA) to the group. That year they started to perform in a dramatic radio series called The Little Weatherbeaten, Whitewashed Church, which lasted over 10 years and was syndicated nationwide. Although they recorded for Decca Records beginning in 1939, the recordings did not sell very well. Following World War II, the group shifted its emphasis from radio to concert appearances, with Ray Yeates replacing Smith. They briefly had their own television programme in 1948, and by 1951 only one original member, Edmunson, remained.

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  • despacha-te

    anyone knows some blues/gospel music in the vein of what homer quincy smith did in his i want jesus to talk to me? i'm refering to the usage of other instruments other than the guitar to play some darn good blues. i believe he's using an harmonium..

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • twoheadedlion

    best mother fucking blues/gospel singer to walk the earth. crreeeepy, haunting, organic, death, rebirth, ghost, heart, soul.

    30 Aug 2008 Reply

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