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Musicscribe – Useful – Informative: Brock Speer Biography

June 7, 2005

Brock Speer Biography

Jackson Brock Speer

(Dec. 28, 1920 – Mar. 29, 1999)

Brock Speer began singing professionally with his parent’s quartet while still a small boy in the 1920s. Aside from a stint as a soldier in World War II, Speer sang with his family group his entire life. Ultimately moving to the bass position, Speer became the leader of the group after the death of his parents in the mid-1960s. Under Speer’s direction, the group was one of the top drawing groups in the industry until their retirement, recording on the RCA, Benson, and Homeland labels among others.

In 1972, Speer served as president of the GMA. He also served the organization as chairman of the board and was a permanent board member. He was inducted into the GMA Hall Of Fame in 1975. The SGMA inducted Brock into their Hall Of Fame in 1997, also inducting his parents that same year.

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Bring Forth the SPEER

Summer 2007

Ever since I found the original Speer grave site in Adams County PA just an hour north and west of my home in Baltimore, I have enjoyed visiting. I was struck by the name of my name sake, Robert Speer (1735-1813), on the monument to Revolutionary War soldiers just inside the gate. I found the three grave stones under the hickory tree. The grave stones are aged from 1813 and hard to read. I began thinking about replacing them. Then came the idea of a Speer Gathering in about June of 2013, the bicentenary of the burials. This is how it started.

We now own the three new grave stones. Each cost about 450 dollars. I have purchased them. I did it now since the price will go up. The cost of each of the stones for engraving and installation will be about an additional 550 dollars each. Let us gather in June of 2013 and dedicate the stones. I would like to have the new stones engraved and in the ground by the summer of 2012, just to be sure.

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