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Percy E. Griffin, Sr.



Percy Griffin, Lead Singer of the Legendary Swanee Quintet

It is with heavy hearts that the Malaco Music Group announces the passing of Mr. Percy Griffin. Percy was the lead singer of the Swanee Quintet for 50 years. While with the Swanees, Percy recorded a number of chart topping songs, which included; “Ups and Downs”, “The Lord Will Provide”, “Dr. Jesus” and “Eternal Life.” He will definitely be missed by his family, friends, fans and The Swanee Quintet.

Darrell Luster (Director of The Malaco Music Group) states, “Percy and the Swanees were signed to our Atlanta International Record Label and has more recently appeared on the project, “The Legends Of Quartet.” “It was a joy working closely with Percy and he was a dear friend.”

Additional Information:
Malaco Music Group
PO Box 9287
Jackson, MS 39286
601 982 4522


Homegoing Services
Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 12:00 PM
The United House Of Prayer For All People
1269 Wrightsboro Road
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 722-4691


In Charge Of Arrangements
Elliott Sons Funeral Home
2524 Lumpkin Road
Augusta, GA 30906
(706) 793-0123

2012 New Year's CelebrationThere are programs that happen each year that you can actually plan your quartet gospel calendar around. For instance, anyone involved with quartet gospel know that on the First Sunday in October, all roads lead to Augusta for The Swanee Quintet’s Anniversary. And, for over 30 years the Blockbuster Showdown has taken place in Florence, South Carolina during the first part of March. Likewise, each valentine weekend, quartet gospel enthusiasts journey to Albany, Georgia, for the Family Reunion Fest. Don’t forget the Mississippi Burning near the end of May. The Burning has been a mainstay on the Gospel Quartet concert calender for over 27 years.

And, of course there is the American Gospel Quartet Convention held the third (3rd) week of January in Birmingham, Alabama. This will be the twentieth (20th) year for the Convention. The “2012 AGQC will exhibit a strong atmosphere with a mixture of church and music industry presentations, seminars, record company showcases, special luncheon, and powerful preaching.”

Another annual event is the New Year’s Day program sponsored by Loretta Coleman in Columbia, South Carolina. January 1, 2012, will be the twelfth (12th) year for the program. The 2012 program is headlined by Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites. Joining the Doctor will be The Fantastic Violinaires, The Sensational Nightingales, The Legendary Singing Stars, Lil’ David & The Bells Of Joy, Lil’ Sonny & The Peacemakerz, Faithful, Rev. Mathew Mickens & The New Highway Travelers, and God’s Bless.

What a FANTASTIC way to begin the new year.


In the year of 1951, in the small town of Johnston, South Carolina, A group of young men got together and decided to form a gospel quartet. The group of men were: Leonard Andrews, James Edwards, Van Paine, George Paine, and Thurmond Nicholson.

Now that the group was formed, they needed a name. It took a long time to find just the right name for the new quartet group. Then one day on her return trip from Tennessee; Mrs. Mary Nicholson, wife of Thurmond Nicholson came across a name that she happened to like. She told the young men about it and they all agreed that it was, in fact, the right name for them – The Brewsteraries.

Through the years members of the group changed. New members such as, Freddie Bussey, J. B. Valentine, James Jones, Leonard Andrews, Cefus Price, James Edwards, James (Jake) Gomeleon, Oscar Moore, Ernest Edwards and Wyman Johnston were all a part of the Brewsteraries.

After a few years, Cefus Price the guitar player for the group moved to Washington, D. C. and the group recruited John Thomas Calliham as their new guitar player. He played with the group for about a year and in that time brought in his cousin Wallace Lee.

In 1959, the Brewsteraries were doing so well, that WJBF Channel 6, in Augusta, Georgia, invited them to come to the television station to join the program known as “The Parade of Quartets.

The group decided that they then needed a Bass guitar player and recruited Charlie Jackson. The group was then in need of another lead singer, so they recruited an eager young man by the name of Joe Walker. Other lead singers were Hewyard Griffin, L. H. Washington, George Mathis, Floyd Washington, Herman Allen and Tom Dukes. Former members of the group also included Johnny Mathis, Charles Cumming, Mason Cumming, and Bud Dawkins.

Today, the Brewsteraries are still going strong. New members have joined the group and have each contributed their special talent to enhance the musical qualities of The Brewsteraries. This group is also a living testament that a change in personnel does not have to mean an end to the group.