The Blackwood Brothers
|Genres:||Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal|
|Tags:||southern gospel quartet|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
This veteran US gospel group was originally formed in 1934 in Choctaw County, Mississippi by brothers Roy Blackwood (24 December 1900, Fentress, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 March 1971), Doyle Blackwood (b. 21 August 1911, Choctaw County, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 October 1974), James Webre Blackwood (b. 4 August 1919, Choctaw County, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 February 2002, Memphis, Tennessee, USA), and Roys son R.W. Blackwood (b. 23 October 1921, d. 30 June 1954, Clanton, Alabama, USA).
They had grown up in a sharecropping family in the Mississippi clay hills, singing together in local churches until they were discovered by V.O. Stamps, a music publisher. They subsequently appeared on a variety of local music stations in the region, before exporting their expertly constructed devotional harmonies to Iowa and Tennessee. Doyle then became a record distributor in Memphis, while another brother, R.W., and the groups bass singer, Bill Lyles,...