Instruments: Vocals, Publisher
Date of Birth: 1881
Place of Birth: Wilmington, Walker County, Alabama

One of two or three most important figures in Alabama gospel music, Walter Ganus founded a dynasty that included his four sons, Claude (b. 1904), Clyde (b. 1907), Clarence (b. 1910), and Cecil (b. 1912). After being a part owner of the A.J. Showalter publishing company, Walter started his own company in 1914 (eventually settling in Birmingham) and became one of the most active publishers in the 1920s. He trained many of the early commercial quartets, including the MacDonald Brothers, an act that included Walter, but featured the sons, recorded extensively in the 1920s and 1930s for major companies such as Columbia, Vocalion, and Brunswick. (One of their hit records was the later country favorite "Take An Old Cold Tater and Wait.") The family also ran a music instrument store in Birmingham for many years.

From:
In the Spirit: Alabama's Sacred Music Traditions
Seven-shape-note Gospel Music in Northern Alabama:
The Case of the Athens Music Company
by Charles Wolfe

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

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