Hovie Lister

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Hovie Lister
Birth name Hovie Franklin Lister
Born (1926-09-17)September 17, 1926
Greenville, South Carolina
Died December 28, 2001(2001-12-28) (aged 75)
Genres Southern Gospel
Instruments piano
Associated acts The Statesmen Quartet
The Masters V

Hovie Franklin Lister (September 17, 1926 - December 28, 2001) was an American gospel pianist.

Biography[edit]

Lister was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and learned piano from the age of six. He accompanied a singing group composed of his father and three of his uncles (The Lister Brothers Quartet) at 14, and toured with Mordecai Ham at the same age. He attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Dallas.

Following his education, Lister served as an accompanist for The Lefevres, The Homeland Harmony, and The Rangers Quartet in the 1940s. In 1948, he formed The Statesmen Quartet, and remained the group's anchor for decades. Lister's style, which differed from his predecessors in his adoption of jazz, soul and ragtime idioms over the staid, solemn accompaniment of prior generations, influenced the sound of gospel and CCM in the later 20th century. Lister remained a member of The Statesmen Quartet into the 2000s.[1]

Aside from performing, Lister also had interests in music publishing and promotion. Lister was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2001.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hovie Lister at Allmusic
  2. ^ Hovie Lister, Southern Gospel Music Association

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