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Chuck Wagon Gang

Although the Chuck Wagon Gang has been around since 1936 -- undergoing many personnel changes over the years -- its sound and devotion to old-fashioned gospel has remained much the same. Their greatest significance is that the band provides an important link between country music and traditional sacred songs of the South.

The original incarnation of the Chuck Wagon Gang was made up of four members of the Carter family -- no relation to the Carter Family. They were Dad Carter (David Parker Carter), his son Jim (born Ernest), daughter Rose (born Rosa Lola), and his daughter Effie. Dad Carter was born in Kentucky, but was raised in Clay County, Texas. He was enrolled in a singing school there when he met Carrie Brooks, whom he married in 1909. They had eight children, and to support them, Carter worked for the Rock Island Railroad in 1927. At other times, he and the family also picked cotton. The band formed around 1935 after one of the children became deathly ill and the family was left destitute; for additional income, Dad Carter talked the management at station KFYO Lubbock into hiring him as a host for a daily radio program. The original group was called the Carter Quartet, in which Dad sang tenor, Jim sang bass and played guitar, while Rose and Effie sang soprano and alto. They became popular and soon began earning $15 per week. The following year, the Carters moved to WBAP and billed themselves as the Chuck Wagon Gang; they sang a variety of secular and sometimes sacred songs. Their earliest recording session for ARC produced country singles, rather than gospel. As the years passed, they gradually became more gospel-oriented, and by the early '40s had switched over completely. In 1942, they spent a few months at a Tulsa radio station.

The Chucks broke up for the duration of World War II. Afterward, they reunited and returned to WBAP, remaining primarily a radio band. They began recording again in 1948 for Columbia. Two years later, Wally Fowler had them perform at one of his All-Night Singing Conventions in Augusta, Georgia; they then became a full-time touring band.

In 1953, they underwent the first of many subsequent membership changes when Jim left and was replaced by Howard Gordon; he remained with the Chucks until his death in 1967. Another brother, Roy, also joined and sang bass in Jim's stead. Dad Carter retired in 1955 and was at first replaced by Eddie Carter. In the late '50s, non-family members such as Alynn Billodeau, Patrick McKeehan, Ronnie Page, and Ronnie Crittenden spent time with the Chuck Wagon Gang. Through it all, the band kept touring part-time and making records -- 408 masters by 1975. After three years of inactivity, the group began recording for the Copperfield label. The Chuck Wagon Gang continued on in a similar vein until 1987, when they once again became a full-time band with new members joining the last of the Carters, Roy and his sister Ruth Ellen Yates. In 1984, Dad Carter (who had died in 1963) was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

By the late '80s, the Chuck Wagon Gang had been named Gospel Artist or Group of the Year by Music City News five years in a row. In 1990, Bob Terrell published an authorized history of the group, The Chuck Wagon Gang: A Legend Lives On. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Loved them for so many years.
I really loved all the songs they sang.
I LOVE ANYTHING THEY SING
Best of the best
I love them all

W.L.M.
Glory!
It don't get any better than this
Just intensely beautiful
I have enjoyed the chuckwagon gang for many years, and I would like to thank not only the chuckwagon gang themselves for their many years of enjoyment, but also Pandora for posting this heavenly music
When I first heard the chuckwagon gang played on my Pandora, it brought back memories of my mother singing these beautiful hymns with her angelic voice ( I might sound biased with her being my mother) . Everytime I hear the gang the memories flood back in waves and I have to fight back the silent tears. I can only hope and pray that when she walked through
The pearly gates of heaven, instead of hearing angelic harp music, the chuckwagon gang
Would be played instead. I feel that the good lord b
dhins
Dad had 1 old 45rpm of these guys and we kids nearly wore out the groves!
beaandlavern e w e n t w o r t h
The Chuckwagon goes as far back with me ws a child of. And Im72 now. My totally blind uncle & i used to sit for hours in front of the radio waitng to hear the GANG sing. When they were finished we'd head off to bed. Up the steps to bed with hime holding onto my right arm for guidance. Oh the precious you brought to mind to me tonight. I'd give anything to spend one more night to sit in front of the radio with him waiting for the gang to singPRAISE GOD & GOD BLESS PANDORA STAFF & RADIO.
I was in Thomasville Ga Saturday and saw the Chuck Wagon Gang in person. Check the Chuck Wagon Schedule on the internet. They travel every weekend and do shows all over the south. If you dont go to a show near your hometown, you are truly missing a blessing. Make ;plans to see them when they visit near you.
Grew up Listning to the at the all-night singing in Atlanta at the Municipal Auditorium in the 50's WISH WE HAD MUSIC LIKE THAT TODAY INSTEAD OF WHAT WE HAVE. (JUST A bunch OF racket for me). Buddy Sheppard
I submitted 11 albums on the Chuck Wagon Gang so listeners could hear this wonderful music. Why can't we request Chuck Wagon Gang songs and hear them instead of hearing songs 'by artists LIKE the Chuck Wagon Gang?' How do you create a station where you can hear what you want to hear if you can't get the artists you want to hear?
ANY THING GOSPLE ,IS A GREAT IDEA ,BY CHUCK WAGON , SOUTHERN GOSPLE , RALPH STANLY, BILL MONROE
I really don't know how to operate this new radio yet, but I hope I can learn soon. I'm new to the internet and I'm learning a lot in my old age! Not too old to learn yet I suppose. But I do love this station, and the opportunity to pick the songs and artists that I've loved for well over 60 years! The chuck wagon gang and the goodmans are my very best favorites, and I sure do get blessings when I listne to them. I'm so glad that I found this station, and I'm sure you will be glad when I learn f
tom-phillips 5
I was raised listening to them.
carolyn10097 8
I saw them in concert in the early 60's and have enjoyed southern gospel ever since.
texslim78654
I sure do this kind of music
And God Bless you all

And my name is
Walter L McKinnerney
This, in my opinion, was the best group of singers ever!! Their music or voices can never be matched, or duplicated. These folks had a God given talent that transcends all others. I'd love to have all of their albums, but sadly, mine were lost in the flood of 2001. I miss their music so much. There are other good singers and quartets, and I enjoy them too, but,oh! Nobody could ever be as good as the original Chuck Wagon Gang. God blessed their talents and many other hearts too!

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