The year was 1934. Brothers Roy, Doyle, and James Blackwood, along with Roy’s son R.W., formed what was to become the most beloved and respected gospel group of all time, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Bill Shaw and Bill Lyles eventually joined the group and together with James and R.W. Blackwood, this quartet went on to be featured on several TV shows including The Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Show, the beloved classic, Hee Haw, and the prestigious Arthur Godfrey Talent Show in 1954. A few weeks later, in Clanton, Alabama, R.W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles were killed in a plane crash. Many thought the group would not be able to continue. But, R.W.’s youngest brother, Cecil Blackwood joined the group along with the bass singer, J.D. Sumner, silencing any doubts the public had about the quartet continuing to be a force in gospel music.
Despite the family tragedy, earlier that same month saw the birth of Cecil Blackwood’s son, Mark, who has held on to that tradition and sound that has made the Blackwood name famous. Mark joined his family in the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in 1986, where he sang lead along with his dad, Cecil, and many other talented singers. Mark also worked as a producer on the Grammy award winning Blackwood Brothers albums of the early 1980s. In 2012, Mark Blackwood formed The Fabulous Blackwood Quartet. The quartet has had the privilege of performing with Willie Nelson and many other great artists. Recently their popularity has grown among Elvis tribute fans. The group tours regularly and brings the Word of Christ through song to believers and non-believers alike.
Our church is pleased to be hosting this year’s Comanche-Cotton Baptist Association Senior Adult Ministry Sponsored Concert. This concert, open to people of all ages, features The Fabulous Blackwood Quartet and will be held in our Worship Center on Friday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. Lite refreshments will be served, in the Fellowship Hall, following the concert.
There is no ticket cost for the concert. A love offering for The Fabulous Blackwood Quartet will be received at the concert. Please invite family, friends, and neighbors to this worshipful event.