The Blackwood Quartet will perform in concert at 7:30pm on Tuesday, December 3rd, in the new climate-controlled Nacogdoches County Civic Center. The event is sponsored by Danny Mounger, owner of Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson and Corrigan Funeral Home in Corrigan. There will be no cash admission charge and tickets may be picked up at any of the three funeral home locations. "We're pleased to bring this event to East Texas and are asking that two non-perishable food items be donated for each admission ticket. The items will be given to area food banks during the Christmas Season," Mounger said.
The Blackwood name is legendary in the gospel music industry. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934. Roy Blackwood, Doyle Blackwood, their youngest brother, James, along with Roy’s oldest son R.W. Blackwood, comprised the original quartet that was based out of Choctaw County, MS.
The Blackwood Brothers performed at camp meetings and other church and community events throughout the 1930’s. In 1940, they moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, where they had a live broadcast on the radio.
In 1954, they appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts on CBS. They won first place and received a recording contract with RCA. They became the first gospel group to sell a million records. On June 30, 1954, the quartet loss two of it’s own as R. W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles were killed in an airplane crash in Clanton, Alabama just before the Blackwoods were to perform in a concert with the Statesmen. Following the plane crash, the Blackwoods returned to the concert ministry with Cecil Blackwood singing baritone in his brother’s place and J.D. Sumner singing bass.
The Blackwood Brothers were the first group to travel by bus. A replica of the Blackwood Brothers original bus is on display at the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The Blackwood Brothers have recorded over 200 albums and toured 47 countries. They have won eight Grammy Awards, 27 Dove Awards and have been inducted into the “Gospel Music Hall of Fame” by the Gospel Music Association in Nashville, TN. Cecil Blackwood, James Blackwood, and J.D. Sumner were the founders of the famous National Quartet Convention formerly held in Memphis, TN.
Cecil Blackwood passed away November 13, 2000. After Cecil’s passing, James Blackwood, who was at the time the only living original member of the group, decided to retire the Blackwood Brothers name. In February 2002, James went to be with the Lord.
Mark Blackwood now continues the legacy of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet through the Blackwood Quartet. Mark traveled with his dad, Cecil Blackwood, in the Blackwood Brothers Quartet for many years. The Blackwood Quartet does not take their heritage in music lightly, nor the responsibility of integrity that goes with it.
The Nacogdoches County Civic Center is located at 3805 NW Stallings Drive. For more information, please phone 936.569.1366 or visit www.blackwoodquartetonline.com