The Blackwood Brothers

Genres: Christian & Gospel
Descriptive "tags": southern gospel quartet Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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 Roy’s 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 group’s bass singer, Bill Lyles,...

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