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The Happy Goodmans

For nearly four decades, the Happy Goodman Family brightened the world with their gospel songs. They were founded in Alabama in the 1940s by Howard and Gussie Goodman. Over the years, they expanded and changed membership until finally becoming a quartet composed of Ruth, Sam, Rusty and Bob Goodman. They were later joined by Vestal Goodman and the only non-Goodman, tenor Johnny Cook. The family was most successful during the 1960s and '70s; in 1968, their album The Happy Gospel of the Happy Goodmans won a Grammy for Best Gospel Album. The following year, Vestal received a Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year. The Happy Goodmans were some of the first members of the TV show The Gospel Singing Jubilee, which has won numerous Dove Awards. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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I absolutely love Vestal and the goodmans! I feel so close to God when I listen to them! Their singing is outstanding! I remember seeing them in concert, �� awesome!
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There will never be à group like the Goldman their the best
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I had never heard of them till a nite ago watching a tribute to them on PBS. I'm so hooked look at all the years I missed out. ❤️
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Listening to the Goodman family and feeling the spirit in their singing, helped sustain me through my teenage years. They will forever remain my favorite gospel group.
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Vestal does a beautiful job on the song the holy hills of heaven. Brings tears to my eyes, makes a swelling in my heart can't hold back
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phoenixmommy 5 4 8
You can't help but sing along to their songs .
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Love Johnny Cook:) he sang with the HG family for a while, love that Looking For A City that he and sister Vestal sang:)
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I love the Happy Goodmans. I feel like I am right there in Heaven when listening to them sing.
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I love and miss the Goodmans
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What was the sone vestal and Johnny sang together
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clark10511
I remember seeing the goodmans in a h s auditorium in 1953. My father was a minister in Baxley , ga. He invited them to sing there. I get more inspiration from southern gospel music than listening to any preacher.
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They are the great ones in my life time
And will always be remembered as a group that had the real thing in there hearts and lived it in a way you could see in there lives and the action showed it at all times everywhere they went
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I think southern gospel music is the best music ever. I grew up in lancaster county, pa on a farm.every Saturday, Sunday or any evenings we watched on tv or listened to the radio we always had the goodmans on or a lot of others that sang that type of music but the Goodmans were the best
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I wish I could have met them, I like a lot of people in lancaster county pa grew up listening to them they were are great
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Beautiful music anytime
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heavenboundp a p a
ONE OF THEY BEST GROUPS I GREW UP LISTENING TO. HAVE SEVERAL TAPES AND CD S BY THE HAPPY GOODMANS. MISS THEM
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bnicho02
My mom & dad were privileged to see & hear them in Lansing, MI many years ago. Now I listen to theirs & other gospel music. I prefer it to the other contemporary music that is out today.
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labartle
Her bio. I wouldn't take nothing for my journey now. Is a must read.
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I love Gospel Music. I grew up listen to most of the older Quartets.
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fems1940
My husband was enthralled with Vestal. When he passed away 6 years ago, everyone in the family said that he would be singing with Vestal. He loved to sing and would sing along with the Goodman's when they were on or in concert. Our daughter would play their records while doing the dishes and sing along. I never cared how long it took her to do dishes as I loved to hear her sing.
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Always watched the Gospel Singing Jubilee after milking and before church.
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Great singers and even better family! Gone but never forgotten.
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Great station!
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kevinale
The Gospel Singing Jubilee was on every Sunday morning in our house growing up. I am sure that helped shape my love for Southern Gospel music.
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I love this Gospel group
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My first recollection of gospel music, was seeing Vestal Goodman sing on television. I would sit with my Grandmother on Sunday morning before church and watch them sing.
Oh that was some precious times!!!
KEN FUGATE
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My fathers favorite group when I was growing up in the 1970's. Happy Goodman Family Music still being played in my home today.
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I was a young boy on the farm with no tv but we had the goodmans I would listening to them over and over, I know heaven is sweeter with them there.
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sugarpriss05
I the priveldge once of singing with Vestal; a memory I will always cherish. She, Howard, Rusty and Sam are all singing to God.
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I tell people at church that my 10 month grand daughter is going to be another Vestal. Got to get her a hankey to hold!!!
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I received a record player for Christmas when I was 9 years old and the first album I owned was the Happy Goodmans. I'm 60 now and still love their music.
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I remember when the Goodmans would come to our church in Nebraska, when I was a teenager..Lo v e d their music then and now....
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be thank full
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rileysnurser y
I remember listening to the Happy Goodmans :When I was growing up and now one of the best groups that I loved so much:They are all gone home to Heaven:I know that Vestal Goodman is singing her heart out around the throne of God:
I really miss them all:
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I remember sitting in the family room on Sunday afternoons watching the Happy Goodmans on the Gospel Singing Jubilee. IT was the best of times because when we were watching my father was not b**ching and complaining, he was actually happy and singing along. I still love southern gospel to this day! Elvis is the best gospel soloist and the Goodman's remain the best group to this day!
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wilmalela3
Forida Boys, my mothers aunt was one of their mothers. I bebeive it was aunt Grace. I was a child, in Montery Tenn, but I remember sitting on the front porch--what wonderful memories
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julia.collin s 9
Love the Goodmans.
you can feel what they sing. Especially Vestal.
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We are fortunate to have the ability to relive the music and voices through electronic media. My dad and I used to attend the "all night gospel sings" together. The Happy Goodmans were our favorite. Good memories...
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A sound that transcends generations, truly timeless and such is the "finger print" of God.
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i have always loved the happy goodmans the frist time i heard rust sing the light house .i am 53 now still see him sining it .and vestle doing god walk the dark hill sam tilling family storyss 1 i rember is when you were call to eat you better about the outten gowms and maloes howard could tare up a key bord i thank ful these special memories because i would go to the gosple singings with my grandmother, my aunt and cousin they are all past know when i hear the songs i think god 4 a great famile
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richkennedy
Vestal Goodman has a unique and captivating voice. She really puts feeling in her songs. Unfortunatel y she is singing in a higher place now.
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I remember seeing The Happy Goodman Family in concert in the late 60's with my father who also had a southern gospel group... Brings back wonderful memories...
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vantse56
Yes, Neda Chambliss. I miss so MANY of them terribly. But what a choir God is assembling in heaven!!!!
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The Happy Goodman Family has been my absolute favorite since I was a boy. They were the best!
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My Grandmother listened to loved this group. My she rest in peace. It will be nice to be with her in Heaven some day.
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roblaak
Vestal and Howard have joined God's Gospel choir in Heaven. We are still blessed by their music, thanks to Bill Gaither.
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the best there is
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Don't you just miss these good singers?
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Does anyone know what relation if any "John Minic" Iam not sure this is the correct spelling, is to the Goodmans.He sings with them in all thier songs,but is never mentioned.
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segie20
Love the Goodmans!

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