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On Saturday, December 17, 2016, SC Gospel Quartet Radio and SC Gospel Quartet Awards presented an appreciation program for Toby A. Goodson. The concert was held at Faith, Hope and Charity Church in Columbia, SC.

Before reporting on the concert, let me tell you about Toby. Toby is the son of Sister Blanche and Brother Ronald Goodson. Sister Goodson is affectionately referred to as The Mouth Of The South. She is a radio angel, promoter and currently the CEO of SC Gospel Quartet Radio and SC Gospel Quartet Awards. As CEO of SC Gospel Quartet Radio, she has taken an idea of having an online radio broadcast and launched a 24/7 online station that is changing the way gospel fans around the world get their praise on at home, work and while traveling. Ronald Goodson is a songwriter, arranger, singer and musician extraordinaire, he is also the lead guitarist for The Legendary National Juniors.

Thus Toby grew up immersed in the gospel music genre. As a result, he is an exceptional drummer. He is a music producer. He is also one of the up and coming music engineers  with a unique ability to maximize digital software and equipment to get the most out of artists. So, it was fitting that his Mom and Dad would want to celebrate the holiday season with a gospel concert Appreciation Program just for their son.

The concert began with devotion by Little Ms. Danasha Richardson. What a talent. At six (6) years old, she delivered biblical scriptures and very fitting devotional songs like a pro. The concert performers were The Southern Gospel Singers, Willie Goins & The Medlondyettes, The National Juniors and The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams. All of the groups were great. The National Juniors introduce the congregation to the title track from their new CD “Just Look How The Lord Blessing You And Me.”

The headliners The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams took the services to greater heights.  Now, for gospel fans, you know that The Talley Boys were the musicians for the group Willie Neal Johnson & The New Gospel Keynotes. And, you also know that Minister Cross and Robert Williams were longtime members of The Gospel Keynotes as well as The New Keynotes.

So, having Minister Cross and Robert Williams on stage with the Talley Boys brought back fond memories of the legendary Gospel Keynotes. This was a reunion of sorts and what a reunion it was. Minister Cross and Robert Williams shared lead duties. Yes, Minister Cross did call “Robert” just like the late Willie Neal Johnson would have. And, yes, the guys embraced all of the comedic moves that fans were use to seeing by a performance of “The Gospel Keynotes.” But, they sang. And, they took the audience down memory lane. And, what a trip it was – with songs like, “Jesus, You’ve Been Good To Me,” “This Is Just A Rehearsal,” and so many more. What a grand time we had with this new configuration of The Keynotes.

If you are a promoter and you want to bring to your city a group that will electrify the audience and deliver that traditional gospel quartet sound with a twenty-first century flare, then you need to book The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams. You will not be disappointed. And, your audience will surely be saying “Lord, I Thank You.”

Ms. Hattie Elizabeth BushBlack History Spotlight
There are many affiliated with the gospel quartet genre that may not be household names, but their contribution to this genre is just as important, if not more so, than persons we know on a first name bases. We call them unsung heroes. They contribute their time, their money and their passion to ensure that the music is heard in their community. And, in addition to their commitment to the genre, they are often pillars of their community.

One such person was Ms. Hattie Elizabeth Bush, of Orlando, Florida. Ms. Bush transitioned home on Thursday, December 23, 2010. She was the lead singer of the Spiritualette Gospel Singers. Under her guidance, for over 35 years, the group became a staple on the gospel circuit in She was also a Radio Angel for WUNA – AM 1480. Ms. Bush program was so popular that it would often be the launching pad, in the Orlando community, for new gospel music issued by independent and major labels. Her commitment to spreading the good news reached legendary status. Ms. Bush appreciated the impact that gospel music had on the lives of her listeners. That appreciation extend to no only insuring airing what her listeners wanted to hear, but also in her services as emcee for so many gospel concerts.

Ms. Bush was truly one of the unsung heroes of this genre.

Esmond Joseph Patterson, Sr., BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT
Did you know that there is a videotaped interview of Esmond Joseph Patterson, Sr., in the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Brother Patterson,was a legendary Gospel music radio host and concert promoter in Atlanta, Georgia who had literally had been in the homes of African-Americans in Metro-Atlanta for over 50 years.

He had earlier jobs as a paperboy, mail carrier, insurance and furniture salesman before he began his radio career in 1955 at radio station W.E.R.D. (the first African-American owned radio station in the country). In 1963 he started his career with radio station W.A.O.K.,which lasted for 38 years where Patterson hosted his 4 a.m. weekly “Sunrise Morning Gospel” radio show. He also hosted a Sunday show from 6 a.m. till noon.

Over the years the popular radio host was known for giving names to many of the local and national ministers. Patterson coined Reverend Jasper Williams, Jr. “Son of Thunder”, Doctor Johnny L. Jones “The Mighty Hurricane” and Reverend Timothy Flemming “The Little Man with the Big Voice.” He also gave names to Gospel superstars Dorothy Norwood “The World’s Greatest Storyteller” and Dottie Peoples “The Songbird of the South”. [He gave The Swanee Quintets the nick name “Boss Of The South.” And, would introduce his favorite group by saying “From the sidewalks of Atlanta, Georgia, here they are Troy Ramey And The Soul Searchers.”]

His honors include a 1996 Stellar Award-the Gospel equivalent of a Grammy and a 1992 videotaped interview of himself placed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives. He died in Atlanta on June 14, 2003.