Born: Aug. 24, 1933  Boaz, AL

Died: April 14, 2004

Gospel Vocals, Piano Statesmen Quartet, The Florida Boys

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Jack Toney (1933 - April 15, 2004)

jack toney albumsBiography Jack Toney began his long career singing with the Prophets. He later joined the Dixie Echoes. He became a member of the Statesmen when Jake Hess left to start the Imperials. He later sang with Rosie Rozell And The Searchers, the Masters V, and with JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet. He also performed with the Southmen Quartet. Jack was also a songwriter and was a featured performer on the Gaither Homecoming Tour.

Awards: SGMA Hall Of Fame (2005)

Solo Discography (Incomplete)

1966 Jack Toney of the Statesmen Quartet (Sing Records/MFLP 8080): I’ll Be So Happy There; Sorry I Never Knew You; Lord, I’ve Tried; He’s Living In My Heart; I Don’t Need To Understand; How Beautiful Heaven Must Be; He Has The Answer; Worry, Who I; Is My Lord Satisfied With Me; Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand; He’ll Understand And Say Well Done; Hand In Hand With Jesus



Songwriter's Résumé (Partial List)

I Will Rise Up From My Grave

Some Dawning


Jack Toney, long remembered for his days as member of the legendary Statesmen Quartet, passed away yesterday at the age of 70. Jack was born on August 24, 1933, to Curtis and Carrie Toney on famous Sand Mountain, near Boaz, AL. A long-time fan of gospel music, especially the music of such groups as the Statesmena and Blackwood Brothers, Jack began singing professionally in 1951 as part of the evangelistic work of Rev. John Hull. After a short stint with his own part-time group, the SongMasters, Jack joined the Prophets Quartet in 1962. However, it wasn't long before Jack found himself filling in with such groups as the Florida Boys (1963), the Speers and eventually serving with the Dixie Echoes. In November of 1963, Jack received a telephone call from Hovie Lister who invited Jack to join the Statesmen Quartet after Jake Hess announced his resignation. Jack would sing as the quartet's lead vocalist - with Rosie Rozell, the Big Chief, Doy Ott and, of course, Hovie - for six years, retiring in 1969 to spend more time at home. When Rosie left the Statesmen not long after Jack's departure, Jack would spend about a year traveling with Rosie Rozell & The Searchers. Jack would go on to sing with the Masters V after Jake Hess had to leave the road for health reasons and when JD Sumner re-formed the Stamps Quartet shortly thereafter, Jack would sing lead with that quartet for about three years before retiring again. In later years, Jack would find himself singing with the Statesmen once again after Hovie re-organized the quartet. In addition to his noted vocal abilities, Jack was also recognized as a fine songwriter. Song credits include such tunes as "I Will Rise Up From My Grave" (a Number One song for the Kingsmen), "Some Dawning" (Kevin Spencer Family), "Ridin' High (Kingsmen), "Jesus Is Coming For Me" (Inspirations) and many more. Many of the songs were co-written with his wife Gail, whom he married November 14, 1984. Jack is survived by Gail, daughter Cheri and granddaughters Lauren and Alexandra. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are finalized. Content Provided by:

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Video: Jack Toney (GOGR 2002) - Beyond the Gates

Video: Statesmen Quartet - THEN MY LIVING SHALL NOT BE IN VAIN.wmv


Amazon: Jack Toney

Jack Toney Harmony in the Heartland


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