Monday, June 11, 2012
Foggy River Boys - Yes I'm Satisfied - Glory Glory Clear The Road
Sticking w/ the Country side of things, w/ 2 conuntry spiritual tunes from Foggy River Boys. This is from 1955.
The Foggy River Boys was the name of two related American male singing quartets from southern Missouri specializing in spiritual and country music in the 1940s and 50s.
The original Foggy River Boys traced their lineage to the early 1940s, when Bill and Monty Matthews, joined by brothers Jack and Matt, formed the Matthews Brothers in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. All were ordained ministers for Disciples of Christ. They had two daily live shows on KWTO-AM in Springfield, Missouri.
In 1947, they appeared with Red Foley on The Prince Albert Show, the nationally-broadcast portion of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Matt and Jack left in 1948 to become full-time preachers and were replaced by Bob Hubbard, also a minister, and bass singer Cully Holt. They first called the new group the Melodizing Matthews, but changed the name to The Jordanaires, after the Jordan Creek in Springfield, Missouri. They signed with RCA Records, and recorded secular music under the name The Foggy River Boys (after a nickname for the Cumberland River). In 1952, Hoyt Hawkins replaced Hubbard and Neal Matthews, Jr. (no relation) replaced Monty Matthews, forming the version of the Jordanaires who went on to back Elvis Presley.
The second iteration of The Foggy River Boys formed in Springfield, Missouri about 1954 with Charlie Hodge as lead vocalist, with brothers Bill and Monty Matthews and one other member. Hodge was replaced by Les Robertson in 1956. They were signed to Decca Records and also recorded on the Mercury, Starday and Foremost Records labels. They backed Fess Parker, Homer and Jethro, Red Foley and Bobby Lord.
George Richardson, replacing one of the Matthews brothers, joined in 1957. That year they changed their name to The Marksmen, which by then consisted of Robertson (lead), Richardson (baritone) Earl Terry (tenor) and Don Taylor (bass). Robertson, Richardson and Terry were from Los Angeles; Taylor was from Lakeland, Florida. They were regulars on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee from 1955 to 1960, and also appeared on The Eddy Arnold Show in 1956 and NBC's Five Star Jubilee in 1961. In May 1957 they performed on NBC-TV's Tennessee Ernie Ford Show and Cliffie Stone's Hometown Jamboree in Los Angeles.
Foggy River Boys -Glory Glory Clear The Road
Foggy River Boys - Yes I'm Satisfied