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The Kingsmen (CCM)

Not much is known about the early days of the King's Men quintet, an old-time Southern gospel act who are not to be confused with the Portland, OR-based garage band the Kingsmen (the band whose enduring "Louie, Louie" survives today as one of the all-time frat rock classics).

The King's Men were founded as a quartet by Big Jim Hamill in 1955 and based in Ashland, NC. Two other members, Theodore J. Twiggs and Eugene R. Smith, were listed as songwriters on what turned out to be their only record of the day, "Don't Say You're Sorry," released in March 1957 to little fanfare. Shortly after this single, two of the five members were drafted into the Armed Services.

A few years later, the King's Men were together again and back in action and managed a career that eventually spanned three decades ('50s, '60s, and '70s). Recordings continued to flow, mostly gospel favorites, but the King's Men's real strength seemed to lie in their performances; they are best remembered for booming tenors and resounding baritones propelling a genuine gospel prowess. The group continued into the '70s, with new members replacing retiring King's Men along the way. ~ Bryan Thomas
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Track List: Grace Says

1. Back To Grace

2. Oh What A Hallelujah Day

3. I Knew It Was Him

4. That's All I Need

5. Grace Says

6. Ordinary Man

7. I Can Hardly Wait

8. If Not For The Love Of Christ

9. After The Sunrise

10. Loving Shepherd Gracious God

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Track List: Missing People

1. Missing People

2. Someday

3. They Went To Pray

4. Mountain Of Grace

5. When It's All Said And Done

6. Cheer The Weary Traveler

7. God Saw A Cross

8. He Picks Up A Beggar On The Way

9. God Knows

10. He Is The Only One

11. Reprise: Someday

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Track List: Good Good God

1. He's A Good, Good God

2. God Can Save Anybody, Anywhere, Anytime

3. Finished Indeed

4. Jesus My Lord

5. Jesus Knows My Name

6. A Story That Shall Never Die

7. I Found Mercy

8. Longing To Go There

9. Don't Look At The Water

10. To Count For Jesus

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Track List: The Past Is Past

1. It's Just About Time

2. My Past Has Passed

3. I'll Not Turn Back

4. The Love Of God Forever Shall Remain

5. Sweeping All The Debt Away

6. Longing To Go

7. Sweet Land Of Rest

8. He Looked Beyond The Cross

9. The Well Of Grace

10. Safe In My Father's Arms

11. The Ole Crossroads

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Track List: When God Ran

1. The Cloud He's Coming Back On

2. Fight To The Finish

3. Gospel Road

4. When God Ran

5. Road To Glory

6. Big Enough

7. The Word

8. A Sound From The Other Side

9. More Than Pray

10. He Knows My Name

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I saw the Kingsmen many years ago. Big Jim Hamill who was in the twilight of his career put on a great unforgettabl e and inspiring show.
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I do believe this group, and their followers as well as fellow CHRISTians ,that do most of these posts . . are interested , in completely using Proper ( Proof reading .)of their posts? ? ? As someone took the time to correct their grammar in( a recent Post ..) Just a thought..? Keep up the Good tunes ....
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crunchcole
If the writer would just look at the album cover it is very easy to see that it is The Kingsmen, not Kings Men. People today that write articles usually have no clue what they are writing about.
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justapilgrim 2 0
They were originally known as the Kingsmen Quartet. Their name is not King's Men. If you want information that is more accurate please read several of the comments below.
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I am very proud to say that two of my friends are former members of the Kingsmen Quartet. Jerry Martin was the tenor, and Arthur Rice was baritone, lead, and also played the guitar and bass with the band. Both of whom now are members of the Kingdom Heirs Quartet, along side Jeff Chapman (bass vocals), and most recently, Brian Alvee (baritone). Blessings to the Kingsmen Quartet, and all of you reading !!!
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I knew them in the early '60's and they came to my house to eat supper after our revival-love d the then--love them now..
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This song is so inspiring. Yes I can, I can listen to it over and over again.
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Powerful...g r e a t singing, praise the Lord!
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Great music then and now. I love the tenor sound Chris Collins.
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chris96966
I used to listen to the Kingsmen, but now I listen to the King's Men.
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They used to come to my grandmas house all the time
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Great group!
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Great music
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In the 90s, the Kingsmen and Gold City performed at numerous venues together and dubbed their combined set "King's Gold". They were the standard of live Southern gospel for years to come.
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I like them very much. After 36 hours life saving surgery they sang what a day that will be at our church Sunday.
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Theses guys are awesome!!
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Anthony Burger was their piano player in the 80's. Love. Love The Kingsmen.!!!
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xanderejohns o n
Longing to go is a good one.
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Shake hands with a poor boy was our favorite song by kings men in the 80s. Great memories with our youth group and playing their music while traveling.
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tcbrt49
love this music!!!!
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Whoever wrote the bio has no idea what he is talking about. Evident that he is not a SGM fan!
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tenntena
Wish I could listen to this at work! I just absolutely love being able to listen as I work at the computer at home. Thanks for your wonderful selections.
Tena Taylor, Nashville, TN
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Please show lyrics
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tgmcghee9
Clearly, the writer of this bio didn't do his research.
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Don't read this because it actually works . You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life . Tomorrow will be the best day of your life . However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days . You have started reading so don't stop . This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes . When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen . This is so scary because it actually works . 14
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I love these guys
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There is also a fantastic a cappella ensemble called The King's Men at Biola University Conservatory of Music.
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Also noticed a lot of inaccuracies about the Kingsmen here. Kingsmen still gojng strong under leadership of Ray Dean Reese!
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Great gospel music!!
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What a great Baritone voice love it pure and clear. Raymond Mckinney he sure has a beautiful gorgeous voice.
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shufordramon a
http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / T h e _ K i n g s m e n _ Q u a r t e t

Please note the accuracy of the original members of the Kingsmen Quartet. My dad is Raymond McKinney (baritone) and he still lives in Asheville, NC. *Ramona McKinney Shuford*
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They are actually out of Chandler, N.C.... Outside of ASHVILLE.. not Ashland... Geez! This bio is full of inaccuracies .
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Jim hamil DID NOTstart the Kingsmen. Eldredge Fox did. Hamil was the best front man they've ever had.
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prayersoffir e
keep playing those Gospel songs. people need hope in this troubled world.
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jerryk44212
I think Ray Dean Reese wrote "Louie Louie"
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Please find and add the Village Singers. They are awesom. Oh, and Mallory Ledfird
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schoat
Please find Tim Petersen who sang with the Kingsmen
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Amen I am telling ya woooooo hahahaha wooooo keep singing that good ole Southern Gospel Praise God
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I'm so glad that the Kingsmen have got back to having the same sound of yesteryear. They are back to one of the best southern gospel groups around. Of course I'm glad that a lot of S.G.G. (such as Gold City, the Kingdom Heirs, the Perrys, Triumphant Quartet, the new Blackwood Brothers and many, many more) are getting back to the Convention style of gospel music. You just can't beat good four part harmony.
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thekyng8
Southern Gospel Music is the best MUSIC ever, the four part harmonies
I have been a huge fan of all the quartets. there all unique in their own way. Don't know about today's music, but I can always go back to good ole Southern Gospel Quartets.
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skwofford8
Love this group! Did they sing The Apple Tree years ago?
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nothing like the old timers glad I found out how to find pandora its great THANKS
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isblstw2
no, I don't actually remember what the camp name was
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isblstw2
I am so excited, these singers are the same singers that played at the Christian co-ed camp, I think it was camp Hiawatha ! does anyone have an e-mail or facebook page for them so I could tell them they
were the highlight of my camp experience besides rededicating my life to Christ!
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I have followed the Kingsmen for many years. They have had 11-12 #1 hits on the Gospel Charts. One hit, Excuses was #1 for over a year. No one, I mean, NO ONE gave a better concert than the Kingsmen. Jim Hamill joined the group early and was a major factor in their success. They had a host of stars were with the group throughout the years. Most notable were tenors John Parrack, Ernie Phillips, and Gary Sheppard. Barritones were Squire Parsons, Parker Jonathan. Bass war and is Ray Reese
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would love to know who sings the song NOT FOR SALE does anyone happen to know?
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George Younce sang with many groups the last of with was The Cathedrals, not the Kingsmen, the main men of the Kingsmen were Eldridge Fox, Jim Hamil and bass Ray Reese,
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I had a wonderful experence seeing the Kingsmen in person, they were a wonderful group and my favorite was George Younce He is missed.
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