Nov 292013

As I stated before some people in this series will not all be directly “country” and some like
Grant Turner were never really directly “artists” either.
Nonetheless ALL of my choices have made a dramatic positive impact on the genre of country
music as a whole. I am pretty much convinced you’d all agree with me.

20.Little David Wilkins
19.Glenn Douglass Tubb
18.Autrey Inman
17.Ralph Mooney
16.Elton Britt
15.Grant Turner
14.Johnny Russell
13.Bobby Edwards
12.Sonny Burns
11.Big Al Downing
10.Riley Puckett
09.George D Hay

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My choice for number 8 goes out to a VERY VERY special lady that was more famous for providing
mental and spiritual support to the legends of country music…it makes me cry when I remember her
and what she left behind…the impact she made on so many!
Number 8 is Vestal Goodman.

She was and still is hailed as the “Queen Of Southern Gospel Music” and was born Vestal Freeman
December 13th 1929 in Fyffe Alabama.
She was known as a solo performer and was a founding member of the Happy Goodman Family” upon
marrying Howard Goodman in 1949.
And along with pastoring churches they paved the way for Southern Gospel music and in many
historian’s opinions she brought it out to the mainstream public.
With the formation of Word Records in the 1960’s the whole world began loving her music.

Her autobiography was a wonderfull account of her life and told about her heart problems
her bout with cancer and her addiction to perscription medications.

Vestal was one of country music’s most loved “visitors” on many country music programs.
She helped country music legend George Jones with his problems after his wreck
on Hwy 96 while recording “Cold Hard Truth”.
Country Music Legend Waylon Jennings once regarded her as a person he respected
so greatly he would not use any inappropriate language around her.
Ernest Tubb also regarded her as one of the greatest people ever to grace a stage.

The Happy Goodmans performed over 3,500 concerts and won many awards, and charted
more than 15 number 1 singles in their almost 40 years.
They were inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1998.

She was known for her trademark Hankerchief she held with every performance.
And comedian Mark Lowry used to say “Folks the annointing is in the hankey”

They made a final recording called “The Last Stand” and Mr. Howard died on
my birthday THIS DAY November 29th 2002.
We lost Miss Vestal december 27th 2003 from Influenza.

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