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24 Persons in the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame:

Al Green

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Albert Greene
Also Known As:
Rev. Al Green
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Gospel and soul and R&B singer.
Broadway musical:Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1995.
Albums:Songs:Songwriters Hall of Fame 2004.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2011.
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1996.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2004.
Kennedy Center Honors 2014.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2012.

Albert Brumley

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Albert Edward Brumley
Also Known As:
Albert E. Brumley
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72, 17 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote Southern and shape note gospel songs:Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1972.
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 1998.
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 2005.

Amy Grant

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Amy Lee Grant
Birth Date:
Age today:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Vince Gill by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Gospel and Christian music.
Album:GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2003.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 19 September 2006.

Andrať Crouch

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Andrať Edward Crouch
Also Known As:
Andrae Crouch
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Gospel singer and pastor.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1998.
Christian Music Hall of Fame 2007.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6520 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Aretha Franklin

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Aretha Louise Franklin
Nickname(s):
The Queen of Soul
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs:Movie:Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2005.
Kennedy Center Honors 1994.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 2005.
National Medal of Arts 1999.
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2001.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2012.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2012.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 13 June 1979.

Bill Gaither

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William J. Gaither
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Gloria Gaither by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Wrote popular Southern gospel songs:Host of his TV show:Member of:GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1983.

Billy Graham

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Franklin Graham Jr.
Also Known As:
Rev. Billy Graham
Birth Date:
Age today:
98
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Popular evangelist and preacher. Honorary knighthood (KBE) 2001. Met with 12 presidents.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1999.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 1983.
Congressional Gold Medal 1996.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio; ceremony: 15 October 1989.

Dolly Parton

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Dolly Rebecca Parton
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older sister of
Older than Stella Parton by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Grand Ole Opry.
Movie:Movie:Songs:Composer for Broadway musical:Tony Award nomination.
Subject of television movie:Songwriters Hall of Fame 2001.
Country Music Hall of Fame 1999.
Small Town of America Hall of Fame 1988.
Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame 2008.
The Americana Highway Hall of Fame 2006.
East Tennessee Hall of Fame 1988.
Music City Walk of Fame 2009.
Kennedy Center Honors 2006.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2011.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1986.
National Medal of Arts 2005.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2009.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 June 1984.

Dottie Rambo

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Joyce Reba Luttrell
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Gospel music.
Songs:Died in an accident when the bus she was in crashed.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame 2008.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2006.
NACMAI Hall of Fame 2005.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2007.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1992.
Music City Walk of Fame 2011.

Elvis Presley

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Elvis Aron Presley
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
twin brother of
The same age as Jesse Presley.
father of
ex-husband of
Older than Priscilla Presley by 10 years.
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs:Movie:Died of a drug overdose.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986.
Country Music Hall of Fame 1998.
Music City Walk of Fame 2008.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2004.
Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
Guitar Center RockWalk 1990.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007.
Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2001.
The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame 2005.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
Las Vegas Walk of Stars:
A star at Riviera Hotel; ceremony: 26 September 2008.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars:
A star at 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 27 March 1994.

Fanny Crosby

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Frances Jane Crosby
Also Known As:
Frances van Alstyne
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blind since shortly after birth. Writer of the words for many popular Christian Protestant hymns.
Song:(...Jesus is mine...Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine.) and songs:GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1975.

Gloria Gaither

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Gloria Sickal
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Bill Gaither by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

TV show:Member:Southern gospel singer. Composer with her husband. Often the lyricist.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1997.

Homer Rodeheaver

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Homer Alvan Rodeheaver
Nickname(s):
Rody
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Southern gospel music publisher.
Songs:Published over 80 songbooks.
Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1973.

J.D. Sumner

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John David Sumner
Also Known As:
JD Sumner
Nickname(s):
World's Lowest Bass Singer
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 3 days before his 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Southern Gospel singer with a deep bass voice. Formerly listed as the World's Lowest Bass Singer.
Groups:Song:Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1984.
Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame as a member of Blackwood Brothers.

James Wetherington

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Stephen Wetherington
Also Known As:
James S. Wetherington
Nickname(s):
Big Chief
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50, 28 days before his 51st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Member of:as the bass singer.
Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame 1997.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1977.

Johnny Cash

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
J.R. Cash
Also Known As:
John R. Cash
Nickname(s):
The Man in Black
J.R.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

step-father of
husband of
June Carter Cash, until her earlier death.
Younger than June Carter Cash by 2 years.
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Grand Ole Opry.
Songs:TV series:Movie for television:Country Music Hall of Fame 1980.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992.
Songwriters Hall of Fame 1977.
Kennedy Center Honors 1996.
Guitar Center RockWalk 1990.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1977.
National Medal of Arts 2001.
Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1996.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2010.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6320 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Mahalia Jackson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Mahala Jackson
Nickname(s):
Halie
The Queen of Gospel
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Gospel singer, also active in the civil rights movement.
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2008.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1997.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1978.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 1 September 1988.

Pat Boone

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Eugene Boone
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
grandfather of
father of
brother of
uncle of
cousin of
husband of
Younger than Shirley Boone by less than 1 year.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs:Movie:Christian pop singer.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2003.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1631 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 6268 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.

Ricky Skaggs

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ricky Lee Skaggs
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grand Ole Opry. Guitar, fiddle, mandolin (his primary instrument), banjo. Mostly bluegrass music.
Played mandolin at age 6 with:Groups:Albums:Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2004.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2012.

Shirley Caesar

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Shirley Ann Caesar
Also Known As:
Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams
Pastor Shirley Caesar
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Gospel singer and songwriter.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2000.
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2010.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6126 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 28 June 2016.

Stuart Hamblen

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Carl Stuart Hamblen
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs:Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970.
Western Music Association Hall of Fame 1999.
Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars 2013.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1994.

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Jennings Ford
Nickname(s):
The Ol' Pea-Picker
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song:TV show:Country Music Hall of Fame 1990.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 1984.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1994.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
A star at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.

Thomas A. Dorsey

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Also Known As:
Georgia Tom
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Considered the founder of "black gospel" church music.
Composer of songs:Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1979.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.
Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1981.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1982.

Vestal Goodman

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Vestal Freeman
Nickname(s):
The Queen of Gospel Music (Southern Gospel)
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 14 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Southern gospel singer.
A founding member of group:Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame 2002.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2004.
GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2004.
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