Warren Holmes

Born: New Hope, AL

Holmes studied at the Vaughn Music School and the Stamp-Baxter Music School in Tennessee. He had a successful gospel music career of more than 50 years with a number of professional groups, both on radio and in television.  He sang with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Foggy River Boys & Red Foley on the Ozark Jubilee, Southland Quartet and the ministries of Oral Roberts and Kathryn Kuhlman.  Making his first record in 1941, Holmes soon gained recognition as one of the best bass singers in gospel music.  His style was affectionately referred to as "low-down" bass.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

The quartet toured throughout the midwest and played to record crowds. They attempted to keep up their radio obligations while playing all of their personal appearances. It soon became obvious that the quartet was stretching themselves beyond their limits. They could not keep up with the demand they had established. After much thought, the Blackwoods decided that they needed two quartets. During this time, they established the Blackwood Gospel Quartet. Calvin Newton and Cat Freeman had both filled the roles as tenor with the Blackwood Brothers. Cat Freeman, James Blackwood, R.W. Blackwood, Bill Lyles and Hilton Griswold were the members of the Blackwood Brothers. Roy Blackwood, Doyle Blackwood, Johnny Dickson, Warren Holmes, and Billy Gewin (later replaced by Ken Apple) made up the Blackwood Gospel Quartet. These two quartets filled personal appearances and radio dates for many months. Each quartet knew all the arrangements, and each quartet could "tote the mail" whenever called upon to do so. The two groups even combined in the studio for several recordings that were billed as the Blackwood Gospel Chorus. Times were good for the Blackwood family. God was richly blessing them.

Source: http://www.grandolegospelreunion.com/sg-101/blackwoods_early.htm

 

Foggy River Boys DISCOGRAPHY: http://countrydiscography.blogspot.com/2010/05/foggy-river-boys.html

Red Foley DISCOGRAPHY: http://countrydiscography.blogspot.com/2010/01/red-foley.html

 

Old Shep - The Red Foley Recordings 1933-1950

Listen: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B000QJWKV2?ie=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=digital-music&field-keywords=Blackwood%20Brothers

Listen: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Foley/e/B000APXSA4

 

 

 

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