|Birth name||Rex Lloyd|
|Born||January 19, 1932|
|Origin||Asheville, NC, USA|
|Died||January 24, 2000
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Manager, Music Publisher|
|Years active||1955 to 2000|
Rex Nelon (January 19, 1932 – January 24, 2000) was one of the senior statesmen in the field of Southern Gospel music. His career spanned over 40 years of singing gospel music, as well as being an outstanding music publisher.
Rex's love of songs began as a boy in Asheville, NC. At age 14, he won his first singing contest. The prize was a pair of shoes. On Monday nights, he attended a weekly singing class where he was taught to read shaped note music and began to develop a solid ear for singing bass. In time, he was singing with regional groups, then in 1955, he was hired to sing bass with the Homeland Harmony Quartet. In 1957, he joined the LeFevres, one of the legendary family groups of southern gospel music. In 1973, he assumed direction of The LeFevres, which eventually became known as the Rex Nelon Singers, now called the Nelons. Rex mentored his daughter Kelly Nelon who continues to carry on the family traditions by heading the group, The Nelons. It was from the early Rex Nelon Singers that the careers of Janet Paschal and Karen Peck began to take shape.
In 1980 and 1982, he was voted by the Singing News Fan Awards as the “Favorite Bass Singer" and also he was named "Mr. Gospel Music." In 1998, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame with the LeFevres. Rex's publishing catalog is a timeless collection of some of gospel music's all-time favorite songs like, O What a Savior, "Come Morning, "The Love of God, "The Old Country Church, "Hide Me Rock of Ages, "Sweeter As The Days Go By, "Thanks," and If We Never Meet Again."
Rex along with his group recorded over 25 projects and received 5 Dove Awards, 3 NARAS Grammy nominations and many Singing News Fan Awards. They have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, "Music City Tonight," and "The 700 Club" and numerous national television shows. They are credited with over 13 "Top Five" radio singles. In 1987, the Nelons received the Short Form Music Video of the Year Award for "Famine In The Land," as well as winning the New York Film Festival Award that same year. In 1997, the Mayor of Atlanta declared May, "Nelons Appreciation Month" Later that year, they were presented the Silver Angel Award for "Glad You're Here," by the Excellence in Media.
Rex Nelon died on January 24, 2000 of a massive heart attack at the age of 68 the night prior to the London Homecoming.
- http://www.sghistory.com/index.php?n=N.Nelons The Rex Nelon Singers/Nelons