Rusty Goodman

Gospel Bass Vocals, Guitar Happy Goodman Family

Born: 1932  Vinemont, AL

Died: Nov. 1990


For 41 years, Rusty Goodman wrote and performed songs that touched the lives of millions.

Rusty began singing with his family at age 16 before serving in the United States Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. Upon his return, he worked with country-gospel singer Martha Carson and then served for several years as bass singer for the Plainsmen Quartet.

By the early 1960s, Rusty had returned to sing again as a member of the Happy Goodman Family and, alongside his brothers Howard and Sam and Howard's wife, Vestal, rose to the top of the gospel music industry. Many of the group's best-known hits were Rusty Goodman compositions, including "Had It Not Been," "Who Am I," and "I've Got Leavin' On My Mind".





Charles F. Goodman (Born September 2, 1933 – Died November 11, 1990) better known as Rusty Goodman was a singer/Songwriter in the Southern Gospel Music industry that wrote some of histories most prolific songs; such as “Standing in the Presence of the King”, “Leavin’ On My Mind”, “Home”, “John the Revelator”, “Standing in the Need of Prayer”, “Had it Not Been” “I Believe He’s Coming Back” “Look for Me” and “Who Am I?” His songs have been covered by many of the top artists in the music industry including Elvis Presley, The Imperials, JD Sumner & The Stamps, The Speers, The Happy Goodman Family, Michael English and Gaither Vocal Band.

Rusty performed with The Plainsmen Quartet but he is better known with his family group, The Happy Goodman Family. Along with his brothers Howard, Sam, Bobby and his Sister in-law Vestal Goodman they changed Gospel Music for ever. He is also the father of singer/songwriter and former member of The Goodmans and Heirloom, Tanya Goodman Sykes

Rusty launched his solo career in 1975 when Canaan Records founder Marvin Norcross approached him to record his very first solo album. Rusty agreed and recorded The Singer.

Rusty died of cancer on November 11, 1990. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1993 and then inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1997.


Awards & Honors

1971 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Male Singer

1972 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Male Singer

1972 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Baritone Singer

1980 GMA Dove Award Rusty Goodman - You Make It Rain For Me (Cover Photo or Cover Art)

1993 GMA Hall of Fame

1997 SGMA Hall of Fame



Rusty Goodman Album Cover Credits and Liner notes page on Rusty Goodman Biography, History, Awards and Discography

ASCAP Data Base list of Charles F Goodman Songs

ASCAP Listing of artists who recorded the song "Who Am I"

GMA Hall of Fame Year of 1993, lists Charles "Rusty" Goodman

GMA Dove Awards - listed under Rusty Goodman

SGMA Hall of Fame page about Rusty Goodman

Resource Publications, "The Christian Music Directories" formerly "The Recording Locator"

Goodman Ministries Official Website

Happy Goodmans History and Discography with Art Work

Canaan Records Discography

Amazon listing about "Rusty Goodman - To The Homeland"

Amazon listing on "Rusty Goodman - To Be Honest With You"


New Haven Records Official Info on "Rusty Goodman - The Essential Collection"


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