THE BLACKWOOD QUARTET - THE GOSPEL SIDE OF ELVIS
The Blackwood Quartet have received 9 Grammys, 27 Dove awards and sold over 60 million albums while celebrating 85 years in gospel music.
This concert will be a uplifting evening as the world famous Blackwood Quartet shares the spiritual side of the Elvis legacy.
Brothers Roy, Doyle and James Blackwood, along with Roy’s son R.W., formed what was to become the most beloved and respected gospel group of all time, in 1934 - The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Bill Shaw and Bill Lyles eventually joined the group and together with James and R.W. Blackwood – and this quartet went on to be featured on several TV shows, including the prestigious Arthur Godfrey Talent Show in 1954. A few weeks later, that same year in Clanton, Alabama, tragedy struck when two members of the group, R.W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles, were killed in a plane crash. At that time, R.W.’s youngest brother, Cecil Blackwood joined the group along with the bass singer, J.D. Sumner, silencing any doubts the public had about the quartet continuing.
Earlier that same month saw the birth of Cecil Blackwood’s son, Mark, who has held on to the tradition and sound that has made the Blackwood name world famous. Mark joined his family in the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in 1986, where he sang lead for many years alongside his dad, Cecil and many other talented singers. Mark also worked as a producer on the Grammy award-winning Blackwood Brothers albums of the early 1980s. In 2012, Mark Blackwood formed the Fabulous Blackwood Quartet. Today, this quartet performs several variations of its music – including this very special tribute to Elvis – whose early work included a lot of gospel music and which was the only category in which he was awarded Grammy awards during his lifetime..
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