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The Fairfield Four is an American gospel group that has existed for over 90 years. They started as a trio in Nashville, Tennessee’s Fairfield Baptist Church in 1921. They were designated as National Heritage Fellows in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts. The group won the 1998 Grammy for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. As a quintet, they featured briefly in the motion picture O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

The group gained more popular recognition after appearing on John Fogerty’s 1997 album Blue Moon Swamp, singing on the track “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade”. They also undertook live appearances with Fogerty.

National Endowment for the Arts, National Heritage Award, 1989
Tennessee Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994
Nashville Music Award Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995
James Cleveland Stellar Award, 1996
Grammy Award, Best Traditional Gospel Recording, for I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray, 1997
Gospel Music Hall of Fame, inducted in 1999

“Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around/Standing in The Safety Zone”, Dot, 1947
“When I Get up in Heaven/Amazing Grace”, Dot, 1947
“Tree of Level/Jesus Met the Woman at the Well”, Dot, 1949
“Dear Lord, Look Down Upon Me/Savior Don’t Pass Me By”, Dot, 1949
“In The Wilderness/Let Me Tell You About Jesus”, Dot, 1949
“In The Upper Room/I’ll Tell The World”, Dot, 1950
“I Don’t Know Why I Have to Cry/When I Move in the Room”, Dot, 1950
“Don’t Drive Your Children Away/Does Jesus Care”, Dot, 1950
“Nobody To Depend On/Old Time Religion”, Dot, 1950
“No Room at the Inn/Talking About Jesus”, Dot, 1950


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  • ThatLastGuy_

    On the soundtrack it's Fairfield Four without "The"...

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • cafe_puschkin

    The Fairfield Two, just doesn't grab me...'O Brother Where Art Though?' indeed! Maybe they are the Fairfield brothers and Four relates to something else, like the name of a tiny village in a corner of Nashville? You know, next door to the Fab boys? No wait, it was opposite the Seven Degrees' place behind that house the Jackson Nine were all impatiently waiting for the phone call from Mr. Gold Record...that sadly, never came for any of those courageous, lesser denominated stars that never got to shine.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • scruffian

    they are called "four" but in the bio it says they are a quintent. in the picture there are 6. confused.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    ♥♥♥ The Fairfield Four ♥♥♥

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    That scene in O Brother is one of my favorites, in any film.

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • joonty

    Interesting... the Fairfield Four started as a duet, are credited here as a quintet, and there are six of them in one of the photos. Who counted four?

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • gwinner

    wonderful .....

    2 Dec 2008 Reply

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