The Weatherfords

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The Weatherfords
Also known asWeatherford Quartet
Weatherford Trio
OriginLong Beach, California, U.S.
GenresChristian, southern gospel
Years activeEarly-1940s–present
LabelsRCA Victor, Heart Warming
Associated actsThe Cathedrals, The Imperials
Past membersKenny Payne 1990--1994: 1995--1997

The Weatherfords (also Weatherford Quartet and Weatherford Trio) is an American southern gospel music vocal group.

The Weatherfords were formed by husband and wife Earl Weatherford and Lily Weatherford, who first began singing together in the mid-1940s in Long Beach, California, after their marriage in 1944. Earl had founded the group prior to this as an all-male troupe, and Lily began filling in on the tenor parts in 1948, eventually becoming the group's most visible member. They moved several times over the next few decades, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, Akron, Ohio, Fontana and Sacramento, California (as part of the staff of Calvary Temple), and Paoli, Oklahoma.

The group sang on California radio stations ( KFOX- KBGR-KBIG ) in the 1940s, and was offered a full-time spot on radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1949. In the 1950s, they recorded for RCA Victor. In 1959, The Weatherford Quartet recorded an album for RCA called In The Garden that was produced by Chet Atkins, and also featured guitar work by Atkins. It was recorded in Nashville at RCAs Studio B. They also worked in collaboration with evangelist Rex Humbard between 1953 and 1963. The group's other key members at this time were Glen Payne, Armond Morales, and Henry Slaughter.

The Weatherfords departed Akron, Ohio, for California in 1963, and the groups The Cathedrals and The Imperials were formed from members of the Weatherfords at this time as well.

Other notable members included Dallas Holm, whose time with the group was short due to his draft requirements during the Vietnam War; Jim Hammel, who went on to be a long-time member of the Kingmens Quartet; David Engles, who now owns and operates a radio network out of Tulsa, Oklahoma (KNYD); and Dave Roland (Dave & Sugar).

The Weatherfords were featured on Greystone Productions: The History Of Southern Gospel Music, that was featured on many PBS stations in the mid 1990s, as well as several of the early editions of the Gaither Homecoming Videos.

Earl Weatherford died in 1992. In 1999, Lily published an autobiography, With All My Heart. She performed with the Weatherfords and retired in June 2013. Earl and Lily Weatherford were inducted into the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]

Steve Weatherford is still touring nationally doing upwards of 150 concerts per year.[2]



It is believed the Weatherfords may hold the record for having the most members in a Gospel music group having had over 100 in a 70-year period.[citation needed]

Members have included:


  1. ^ "2000 Inductees". Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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