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Fairfield Four

During the 1940s, the Fairfield Four were among the top-ranked gospel quartets, along with the Dixie Hummingbirds, Five Blind Boys, and Soul Stirrers. Originally a gospel duet created in the early '20s by the pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville to occupy his sons, Harry and Rufus Carrethers, they became a gospel trio with the addition of John Battle. The group was transformed into a jubilee quartet by the '30s and began the first of numerous personnel changes. They recorded for RCA Victor and Columbia during the decade and were known for their reinterpretations of standard hymns, featuring bright, close baritone and tenor harmonies. When the Fairfield Four sang, they utilized the full extent of their voices, moving easily from deep, rolling basslines to the staccato upper peaks of the tenor range, all executed with precise, intricate harmonies and ever-shifting leads.

The Fairfield Four reached their broadest audience when the Sunway Vitamin Company sponsored a nationally broadcast radio show for them daily at 6:45 a.m. on WLAC, Nashville. At the same time, they also continued touring; it was a grueling schedule, especially with the drive to Nashville, and often the group would be missing a member or two on the show. In 1942, the quartet recorded for the Library of Congress, but by 1950, it all became too much. Coupled with some financial trouble and a dwindling radio audience, the Fairfield Four broke up, though one member, Reverend Sam McCrary, used the group name to perform with other quartets. In 1980, the Fairfield Four from the '40s was reunited for a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, by Black gospel specialist Doug Seroff. In 1989, they were designated as National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts. They continue to perform, though the original members are either deceased or retired. ~ Sandra Brennan & Bil Carpenter, Rovi
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I'm in my 60s and find mournful and joyous gospel perfect for my life. PTL for the gifted voices and talent they bring
AMEN!!
My son terms loudly played rap music slappin' . THIS is slappin'. Thankfully, he'll love this, too.
Haha watch out now! Lol.
That bass gives me chills!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
tenamoss
AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Harmony in it's finest state. When one can sing like this, accapella, and keep the notes, tone and syncopation in perfect harmony, you know they are not hiding behind the music. Thery are simply S A N G I N G!!!!!!!!!!
mooyoo.77
however, a lot of the comments about the FAIRFIELD FOUR is right on don`t leave out groups like the DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS , T H E HARMONZING FOUR when we talk about great groups.
nothing is perfect however these guys are perfect. fantastic
hmediavilla
AMAZING PRAISE THE LORD ALELUYA

hunterro
These guys are just great.
Fairfield Four are Fantastic
They are the most amazing gospel group I've ever heard. Nothing, nobody else stands half as tall.
Fantastic!!!
schnauzersof t e x a s
they be good... touches my heart every time I hear them
tlf87001
love it
jayespangler
who needs music ! love the talent here

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