Buddy Burton, Gospel Vocals Singing Americans

Lived in Florence, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The Singing Americans was a Southern Gospel group based in Maiden, North Carolina. They are best known for being a stepping stone to popular singers, such as Ivan Parker (Gold City), Danny Funderburk (The Cathedrals), Clayton Inman (Kingdom Heirs, Won By One, and Triumphant), David Sutton (Kingdom Heirs and Triumphant Quartet), Michael English (Gaither Vocal Band), Mark Fain (Gold City and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder), Taylor Barnes (Gold City), and Jeff Easter (Jeff and Sheri Easter). The group was popular throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

The Singing Americans were started in 1968 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina ( by Lamar and Sims ). In 1980, the Singing Americans as we know them today were started. Charles Burke, who later went on to own the Kingsmen Quartet name for a few years, bought the group and obtained all new personnel with Mark Flaker singing tenor, Charles Surratt singing baritone, Ed Crawford singing Lead, and Charles Burke's son, Dwayne, singing bass. Flaker left later that year and was replaced by Danny Funderburk. Ed Crwaford left and was replaced by Michael English, who would leave for a couple years and be replaced by Ivan Parker then Clayton Inman. Also, in 1982, Surrat would leave and be replaced by Southern Gospel legend, Ed Hill. When Michael English left for the second time in 1985, he was replaced again by Clayton Inman, who would replace Hill in 1987 in the baritone spot, leaving the lead open for Scott Whitener. The 1990s started a decline in the popularity of the Singing Americans, but it did not mean they still weren't capable of producing popular singers. David Sutton and Taylor Barnes passed through the group during this time. Finally, in 1993, the Singing Americans produced their final album, "Live from Chicago", before retiring in 1994.


This list only contains members from 1980 to 1994.


Bob Sims ( 1968 )

Rodney Hoots (1972-197?)

Mark Flaker (1980)

Danny Funderburk (1980–1983)

Rick Strickland (1983–1986)

Phil Barker (1986–1988)

Greg Shockley (1988–1990

David Walker (1990–1992)

David Sutton (1992–1994)


Bob Lamar (1968-197?)

Ed Crawford (1980–1981)

Michael English (1981–1982)

Ivan Parker (1982–1983)

Clayton Inman (1983)

Michael English (1983–1985)

Clayton Inman (1985-1987), switched to baritone

Scott Whitener (1987–1992)

Dale Forbes (1992–1994)

David Hill (1994)


Charles Surratt (1980–1981)

Ed Hill (1981–1987)

Clayton Inman (1987–1989)

David Jenkins (1989–1990)

David Harvell (1990–1992)

Taylor Barnes (1992)

Buddy Burton (1992–1994)*


Dawyne Burke (1980–1990)

Larry Stewart (1990–1994)


Jon Mark Russell (Founding - 197?)


Bob Lamar (1968-197?)

Little Jimmy Taylor (1970s)

Jerry Hatley (1981-84)

Martin Gureasko (1984-85)

Milton Smith (1985-86)

Phil Huffman (1986-87)

James Rainey (1987-90)

Keith Denson (1990-92)

Jerry Kelso (1992)

Joe Lane (1992-93)

Chuck Trivett (1993-94)

Bass Guitar (Partial List)

Jeff Easter (198?-1987)

Mark Fain (1987–1988)

Taylor Barnes (199?-199?)


1975-Wanted Live

1977-The Singing Americans

1977-Our Tribute to God and Country

1980-Tell the Angels

1981-The Exciting Sounds of the Singing Americans


1982-The Exciting Sounds of the Singing Americans

1982-The Sensational Singing Americans

1982-Sing Gospel Hits

1983-Everybody Ought to Praise His Name

1984-Something Old, Something New

1984-Live and Alive

1985-Black and White

1986-Hearts of Praise, Songs of Majesty

1987-Homecoming Live

1988-Sing Out

1988-We're Blessed

1989-Angels on Board

1989-Songs We Salute

1990-Watch & Pray

1991-Live & Well


1992-On Stage

1993-Live from Chicago

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_Americans


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