From 1964 through 1999, a group many cite as the finest example of Southern Gospel quartet singing ever, toured the nation and the world. The Cathedrals, a Christian quartet that consisted of Ernie Haase, Scott Fowler, Glen Payne, George Younce, and Roger Bennett, hailed from the south and started in 1964. The Cathedral Trio-Bobby Clark, Glen Payne, and Danny Koker was formed at the Cathedral for Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio in 1963.
In the 1970s, the Cathedrals established a stable lineup that would last for several years. They moved into the second tier of Southern Gospel groups with their 1974 single “The Last Sunday.” They finally started getting airplay on radio stations and winning awards. The group improved more and eventually recorded half of an album with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the other half of it is a cappella.
Out of this came songs like “This Ole’ House” and “Champion Of Love” (which featured Wolfe on lead vocals). They were regularly reaching the top of the gospel charts, with #1 singles “Champion Of Love”, “I Can See The Hand” (written by a then-unknown Steven Curtis Chapman), and “I’ve Just Started Living”. During this period, they began doing more contemporary songs. They eventually retired in 1999.
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