Florida Boys

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The Florida Boys
Also known as The Gospel Melody Quartet
Genres Southern gospel
Years active 1946 (1946)–present
Website www.floridaboys.com
Members Eddie Broome
Chip Cooper
Charlie Waller
Joe "Todd" Armstrong

The Florida Boys Quartet is a male vocal quartet in Southern gospel music. The group was founded in about 1946 by J. G. Whitfield. Originally named The Gospel Melody Quartet, the group was renamed in 1954.

History[edit]

Roy Howard, the group's original lead singer, had a heart attack in 1951 and died shortly thereafter. Doyle Wiggins sang lead for about a year. When he left in 1953, he was replaced by Les Beasley. Beasley remained at the lead position through 1999, when he stepped aside and hired Josh Garner to fill the position. Beasley continued to play bass guitar and act as the group's master of ceremonies.

Glen Allred joined as baritone in 1952; Derrell Stewart became the group's pianist in 1956. Allred, Stewart, and Les Beasley remained at their respective positions for over four decades. During this time, various tenors and basses sang with the group. Billy Todd joined the group as bass singer in the late 1950s, and stayed with the group until 1972. He was replaced by Buddy Liles, who had sung with The Orrell Quartet, The Rhythm Masters Quartet, The Landmark Quartet, and The Rebels Quartet. Liles stayed with the group for over two decades.

In 2007, the Florida Boys had two personnel changes at relatively the same time, as long-time bass singer Gene McDonald left to work for a bus company, and tenor Harold Reed left to join the Kingsmen Quartet. McDonald was replaced by Butch Owens, and lead singer Josh Garner moved up to the tenor position, with Les once again singing lead for the group.

Then, in June 2007, Les Beasley announced that the legendary quartet would be disbanding the following month. However, he also announced that they would come back together once more for a farewell appearance at the National Quartet Convention in September 2007.

At the "farewell concert" it was announced that, with the blessing of Les, Glen, and Derrell, the Florida Boys name would be continuing.

Personnel[edit]

Tenor:

  • Guy Dodd (1946–1952)
  • Buddy Mears (1952–1958)
  • Coy Cook (1958–1966)
  • Tommy Atwood (1966–1971)
  • Laddie Cain (1971–1974)
  • Jerry Trammell (1975–1979)
  • Don Thomas (1980–1983)
  • Paul Adkins
  • Johnny Cook
  • Mark Flaker (1982–1983)
  • Terry Davis (1983–1986)
  • Rick Busby (1986–1988)
  • Greg Shockley (1988)
  • Greg Cook (1988–1995)
  • Billy Hodges (1995–97)
  • Allen Cox (1997–2004)
  • Harold Reed (2004–2007)
  • Eddie Broome (2008–present)

Lead:

  • Roy Howard (1946–1951)
  • Doyle Wiggins (1952–53)
  • Lester "Les" Beasley (1953–October 1999, May 2007–July 2007)
  • Josh Garner (October 1999 – May 2007)
  • Charlie Waller (2008–present)

Baritone:

  • Edward Singletary (1946–1952)
  • Glen Allred (September 1952–1958)
  • Tommy Fairchild (1958)
  • Glen Allred (1958–July 2007)
  • Buddy Burton (2008–2010)
  • Chip Cooper (2010–present)

Bass

  • Jesse Gillis “J.G.” Whitfield (~1946–1958)
  • George Younce (briefly)
  • Billy Todd (~1959–72)
  • Buddy Liles (1972–1998)
  • Gene McDonald (1998–February 2007)
  • Butch Owens (February–July 2007)
  • Chip Cooper (July 2007–December 2010)
  • Paul Hyde (December 2010 – July 2012)
  • Joe "Todd" Armstrong (July 2012–present)

Piano:

  • Ivan “Tiny” Merrill (1946–)
  • Emory Parker (1954)
  • Livy Freeman (1955)
  • Derrell Stewart (1956–July 2007)
  • Joshua Pope (March 2008–July 2008)

Bass guitar:

  • Tommy Watwood (1976)
  • Barry Miller (bef. 1977–aft. 1983)
  • Les Beasley|Lester "Les" Beasley (2001–July 2007)

Drums:

  • Chet Johnson (1973–?)

Various instruments:

  • Tim Lovelace (for 9 years)

Glen Allred's personal work[edit]

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Glen Allred and 3 Generations

Glen Allred & 3 Generations is a Southern gospel group. Glen Allred, the former baritone singer for The Florida Boys, is also the baritone singer for The 3 Generations. Randy Allred, the former bass singer for The Dixie Echoes reprises this role. The alto is Cindy Dunn and the soprano is Brandy Allred. Shayne Dunn and Shirley Allred were also featured on the latest album.

Discography:

  • I Shall Sing
  • Time To Sing
  • More Singing Please

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