History

1927 • The Lone Star Four

It all began with four college students at Southwestern Union College in Keene, Texas. The three Crane brothers – Lewis, Waldo and Wesley – joined with Ray Turner, a rumbling bass from Oklahoma to blend their voices in Gospel musical evangelism. Early on, Pastor R.L. Benton saw their potential, and invited them to join his pioneering radio broadcast on radio station KFPL, from Waco, Texas.

 

 

 

1937

A decade has passed since they started harmonizing together in college. In order to support themselves, each member has taken training as nurses. However, singing is their main joy.

Over the years, 21 different combinations of talented singers have made The King’s Heralds the oldest continuous gospel quartet in America.

 

 

1939 – 1940

Bob Johnson, First Tenor; Vernon Stuart, Second Tenor; Wesley Crane, Baritone; Ray Turner, Bass.

1940 – 1941

Bob Johnson, First Tenor; Ralph Simpson, Second Tenor; Wesley Crane, Baritone; Ray Turner, Bass.

1941 – 1943

George Casebeer, First Tenor; Bob Seamount, Second Tenor; Wesley Crane, Baritone; Ray Turner, Bass.

1944

George Casebeer, First Tenor; Bob Seamount, Second Tenor; Wayne Hooper, Baritone; Ray Turner, Bass.

1944 – 1947

Ben Glanzer, First Tenor; Bob Seamount, Second Tenor; Wayne Hooper, Baritone; Ray Turner, Bass.

1947

Frank Dietrich, First Tenor; Ben Glanzer, Second Tenor; Richard Lang, Baritone; Jerry Dill, Bass.

1948

Bob Edwards, First Tenor; Ben Glanzer, Second Tenor; Richard Lang, Baritone; Jerry Dill, Bass.

1948 – 1949

Bob Edwards, First Tenor; Frank Dietrich, Second Tenor; Jerry Dill, Baritone; Joe Melashenko, Bass.

1949

Elwyn Ardourel, First Tenor; Frank Dietrich, Second Tenor; Jerry Dill, Baritone; Joe Melashenko, Bass.

1949 -1961

Bob Edwards, First Tenor; Bob Seamount, Second Tenor; Wayne Hooper, Baritone; Jerry Dill, Bass.

1961 – 1962

Bob Edwards, First Tenor; John Thurber, Second Tenor; Wayne Hooper, Baritone; Jerry Dill, Bass.

1962 – 1967

Bob Edwards, First Tenor; John Thurber, Second Tenor; Jack Veazey, Baritone; Jim McClintock, Bass.

1967 – 1971

Bob Edwards, First Tenor; Jerry Patton, Second Tenor; Jack Veazey, Baritone; Jim McClintock, Bass.

1971 – 1977

John Ramsey, First Tenor; Jerry Patton, Second Tenor; Jack Veazey, Baritone; Jim McClintock, Bass.

1977 – 1983

John Ramsey, First Tenor; Jerry Patton, Second Tenor; Jack Veazey, Baritone; Jim Ayars, Bass.

1983 – 1997

Don Scroggs, First Tenor; Jerry Patton, Second Tenor; Jack Veazey, Baritone; Jim Ayars, Bass.

1997 – 2002

Don Scroggs, First Tenor; Jerry Patton, Second Tenor; Steve Laing, Baritone; Jim Ayars, Bass.

2002 – 2004

Don Scroggs, First Tenor; Jerry Patton, Second Tenor; Russell Hospedales, Baritone; Jim Ayars, Bass.

2004 – 2013

Don Scroggs, First Tenor; Joel Borg, Second Tenor; Russell Hospedales, Baritone; Jim Ayars, Bass.

2013 – Present

Don Scroggs, First Tenor; Jared Otto, Second Tenor; Russell Hospedales, Baritone; Jeff Pearles, Bass.

The King’s Heralds have also had a group of extremely talented arrangers/accompanists lend their gifts to the quartet.

Al Avilla • Brad Braley • John Lewis • Irving Steinel
Calvin Taylor • Jim Teel • Beth Thurston

 

 
 
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