GOGR - A Trip Down Memory Lane


No doubt, the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion is the only event of its kind in the world.  It has been where the legends of gospel music have returned home to the adoration of their many fans and friends.  Without the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, many of these heroes would have been forgotten.  Enjoy the next several pictures as we take a trip through 25 years of the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion.

 

Photos provided courtesy of Charles Waller, Dale Pierce, Linda Jean Lawson Thompson, 
John Crenshaw, Dean Adkins, Gayla Fooks, and Alan Kendall.

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The Buford Abner Family
GOGR 2003

L-R: Pam, Dot, and Buford

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The Hyatt Atrium full of the greatest music in the world and its fans.

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Arthur and Clay Smith
GOGR 2005

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Jimi Hall, John Matthews, and Clark Thompson visiting backstage at the old auditorium.

 

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The Blue Ridge Quartet
GOGR 1994

L-R: Bill Crowe, Ed Sprouse, Fred Daniel, George Younce, Kenny Gates at the piano

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The Booth Brothers and "Something Good Is About to Happen"
GOGR 1993

L-R: Ronnie, Ron Sr., and Michael

 

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Breakfast with the Stars
GOGR 2006

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A scene familar to everyone,
Charlie and Eva Mae
GOGR 2004

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The one and only David Reece.

 

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Derrell Stewart and his bass singing.
GOGR 2003

 

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The Original Dove Brothers and the old microphones
GOGR 2002

 

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Who can forget Charlie Waller's Five Blind Boys?

L-R: Mike Franklin, Stewart Varnado, Buddy Burton, Gene McDonald, Jonathan Sawrie at the piano

 

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The Florida Boys and Willie Wynn putting the finishing touches on "Jesus Is Coming Soon"
GOGR 1996

 

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Charlie and Free Spirit
GOGR 2004

L-R: Charlie, Andrew, Alex, and Verlon

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Old friends gathering in the Hyatt Lobby.

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Someone pictured in the center here was pretty happy he attended GOGR in 1989!

 

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The stars gathered together for a choir number
GOGR 1991

 

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The Grand Ole Gospel Reunion Quartet
GOGR 2001
L-R: John Rulapaugh, Jack Toney, Buddy Burton, Roy Pauley, Hovie Lister at the piano

 

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The one and only Bill Hefner
GOGR 2004

 

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Two GOGR favorites, 
Hovie Lister and James Blackwood

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An impromptu moment around the piano that eventually led to the Late Nite Jams.

 

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JD Sumner backstage at the auditorium.

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Late Nite Jamming and the Palmetto State Quartet
GOGR 2004

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The Legends
Rosie Rozell, Buddy Burton, Roy Pauley, Jack Toney, Ron Pauley at the piano
GOGR 1992

 

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Burman Porter and Andrew Ishee at Let's Make A Deal
GOGR 2002

 

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The Melody Boys and Jonathan's hair
GOGR 2003

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The Booth Brothers, Mosie Lister, and friends
GOGR 2003

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Jimmy Jones and John Crenshaw performing the classic, "I Don't Look Good Naked Anymore"
GOGR 2005

 

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The Oak Ridge Quartet reunites
GOGR 1997

L-R: Willie Wynn, Gary McSpadden, Big Jim Hamill, Mike Bullock, Tommy Fairchild at the piano

 

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The Palmetto State Quartet gettin' down on bended knee
GOGR 1992

L-R: Eddie Broome, Jack Bagwell, Jack Pittman, Joel Duncan, Woody Beatty at the piano

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The Original Rebels Quartet at the Jam Session in the Atrium

L-R: Horace Parrish, Lee Kitchens, John Matthews, Norman Allman, Little Jimmy Taylor at the piano

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Rex Nelon at GOGR 1989

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One of gospel music's greatest, Rosie Rozell

 

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Roy McNeil and Horace Parrish visiting.

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The Serenaders Quartet and the big screen.
GOGR 2002

L-R: Larry Heustess, Johnny Thomas, Mike Milligan, David Cable, Gerald Milligan

 

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Bill Hefner with the Harvesters Quartet
GOGR 2004

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Henry Slaughter doing what he does best.
GOGR 2004

 

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JD Sumner, the Stamps Reunion, and Elvis
GOGR 1995

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Stamps Office Quartet
GOGR 2005

L-R: Jack Pittman, Doc Dooley, Gerald Williams, Cecil Pollock

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Standing In the Shadows presentation
GOGR 2003

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Hovie Lister & the Statesmen
GOGR 1995

L-R: Gary Timbs at the organ, Wallace Nelms, Jack Toney, Hovie Lister, Mike LoPrinzi, Doug Young

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The Trav'lers
GOGR 2003

L-R: Wayne Shuford, Eddie Broome, Tom Brown, Joel Duncan

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The Un-original Masters V
GOGR 2006

L-R: John Rulapaugh as Rosie, Andrew Ishee as James, Jonathan Sawrie as Hovie, Ben Harris as Jake, Harold Gilley as JD

 

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The Weatherfords
GOGR 1992

L-R: Kenny Payne, Lily Fern Weatherford, Roy Pauley, Steve Weatherford

 

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