Brock Speer

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Jackson Brock Speer
Born Jackson Brock Speer
(1920-12-28)December 28, 1920
Houston
Winston County
Alabama
Died March 19, 1999(1999-03-19) (aged 78)
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee
Nationality American
Occupation Bass singer and leader of the Speer Family
Known for Leadership and promotion of Southern Gospel music

Brock Speer (December 28, 1920 – March 19, 1999)[1] sang bass for the Speer Family Southern Gospel musical group and was a leader in Southern Gospel music.

One might say that Southern Gospel music was Speer's life. David Liverett's book, This Is My Story: 145 of the World's Greatest Gospel Singers, includes the following comments written by Speer's nephew, Steve Speer, and printed in the program distributed at Brock's funeral:

Jackson Brock Speer was born in Winston County, Alabama, just two months before his father and mother began a singing group called the Speer Quartet. For the remaining seventy-eight years of his life, he was inextricably intertwined with that group. With only one exception -- World War II -- he sang with his family his entire life.[2]

Achievements and recognition[edit]

Speer's academic accomplishments included a bachelor's degree in theology from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1950 and a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. Trevecca also awarded him an honorary doctor of music degree in 1997.[3] In addition to singing with and managing the Speer Family, Speer actively promoted Southern Gospel music through his work with the Gospel Music Association. His service to GMA included being chairman of the board of directors[4] and president of the organization.[5] He was inducted into GMA's Hall of Fame in 1975.[6] Although Speer's efforts were focused on music, he was also a licensed minister.[7]

Family[edit]

Speer's parents were G.T. and Lena Speer (often referred to as "Dad" and "Mom" Speer). He had three siblings: Ben Speer, Mary Tom Speer Reid, and Rosa Nell Speer Powell.

Speer was married to Faye Ihrig Speer for 50 years. They had three children: Suzan Speer, Marc Speer, and Brian Speer.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituary: Brock Speer". The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Liverett, David. (2005). This Is My Story: 145 of the World's Greatest Gospel Singers. Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN 1-4185-0607-9, P. 255
  3. ^ a b Price, Deborah Evans. Billboard. (April 10, 1999). "Gospel's Brock Speer Dies". P. 8.
  4. ^ "Speer Re-Elected Head of GMA Board". Billboard. (November 5, 1966). P. 58.
  5. ^ "Speer Elected GMA President; SESAC's Myers Heads GMHF". Billboard. (November 18, 1972). P. 26.
  6. ^ "Brock Speer". Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gospel Quartet Singing Making Wide Gains in Church Services". Billboard. (May 6, 1967). P. 42.