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Blackwood Brothers to perform Oct. 4 at SUMC

Published: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Blackwood Brother’s Quartet, world-famous gospel singers, are coming to Sycamore United Methodist at 7 p.m. Oct. 4. The concert is free, and open to the public. An offering will be taken for the group.

The Blackwood Brothers have been singing together since 1934. The group was originally comprised of James, Doyle, Roy and R.W. Blackwood.  

Many greats in gospel music have come through the Blackwood organization. For nearly seven decades, James Blackwood formed the enduring nucleus of the group. His death in 2002 ended an era in gospel music.

Today, the Blackwood Brothers carry on the tradition. James’s son, Jimmy Blackwood, joined the group in 1970. His lead voice anchors the Blackwood sounds. At the ends of the group are Wayne Little and Butch Owens on tenor and bass. James’ youngest song, Billy, is the new baritone in the quartet.

Over the years, the Blackwood Brothers have won eight Grammies, and have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. 

Sycamore United Methodist is located at 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore. The concert will be preceded by a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the youth of the church at 5:30 p.m. The concert is part of the continuing Jessie Viner concert series. 

For questions, call Bev Rauch at the church office at 815-895-9113.

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