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Speer – Spear Descendants In America – 2011

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Gospel Music of Elvis Presley

Jack Brock Speer is the oldest child of Tom and Lena Speer. He has been a member of the Singing Speer Family ever since he was old enough to stand up. Since the death of Dad and Mom Speer, he and his brother, Ben, have been the leaders of the family singing group. A most congenial and concerned man, Brock has served gospel music in many capacities including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gospel Music Association. As a record producer for Skylite, he directed most of the major groups in their recordings. He is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He has graduated from Trevecca College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is married to the former Faye Ihrig and they have three children, Susan, Marc, and Bryan.

via Gospel Music of Elvis Presley.

Artist page for The Speer Family – Wal-mart


The Speer Family came on the southern gospel music scene at a time when the genre seemed overrun with quartets and other groups. The Speer Family has released over 70 albums, five of which gained them Grammy nominations. They are the recipients of several Dove Awards, eight for Best Mixed Group of the Year, two for Best Album, and four consecutively for Best Female Vocalist.

G.T. Speer, the family patriarch, grew up in rural Fayetteville, Georgia. His first memory of gospel music was a tune sung to him by his mother. Early on, he began writing and singing, displaying his spiritual love and devotion through music. In 1920, G.T. married the former Lena Brock. Her father was one of the south’s leading gospel teachers and musicians. Since music had always been a huge part of their lives, the couple formed a gospel singing group. The first of the Speer Family quartets, conceived in 1921, consisted of Speer, Lena, his sister, and his sister’s husband. The inclusion of women was a huge departure from tradition as previous gospel groups had consisted of males only.

In 1925, G.T.’s sister and her husband left the group. Their replacements were two of G.T.’s and Lena’s four children, Rosa Nell and Mary Tom. Mary sang, and Rosa Nell sang and played piano. In time, brother Brock became the bass, and brother Ben, lead singer. As a family, the Speers recorded more than a dozen Gospel albums, including the classic, Time Has Made A Change, and what became their theme song, “Won’t We Be So Happy?”

via Artist page for The Speer Family – Wal-mart.

YouTube – Speers – I Never Shall Forget the Day

Speers – I Never Shall Forget the Day

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Wtith my own two hands – YouTube – Truveo Video Search

Brock Speer Videos [Comedy, Classics and Character – 1988 – several parts]

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allmusic ((( The Speer Family > Overview )))

Biography by Sandra Brennan & Bil Carpenter

An important reference point in the appreciation of traditional Southern gospel quartet singing, the Speer Family emerged when there were countless Southern gospel quartets, but continued to perform into the 1990s. Although the Speer lineup had changed over the years, their music in the ’90s was still true to the music they were making when the group was formed by patriarch G.T. in 1921.

G.T. Speer was born in a rural community near Fayetteville, Georgia, and worked as a teacher at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Dallas. He also taught at the Vaughan School of Music, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The first incarnation of the Speers was formed in 1921 with his wife Lena… Read More…

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GOGR Music History – The Speer Family

GOGR Music History –

The Speer Family

As the years passed by, the Speers continued to be at the top of the gospel music world.

The lovely “Speer” ladies continued to draw attention from the males that followed the group. Sue Chenault left the Speers shortly after they recorded one of their greatest hits penned by Harold Lane, “Touring That City”. Their wonderful soprano vocalist married Amos Dodge and she became a preacher’s wife. She and Reverend Amos continue their ministry many years hence. She has appeared many times at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion and was the subject of “This Is Your Life Sue Dodge” just a few years ago.

The Speers began to lean toward a more contemporary vein during the next years. Dianne Hooper replaced Sue with the family and became an extremely popular vocalist with the Speers. Many great songs were recorded during her time with the family. “God Gave the Song” was one of the “sugar sticks” for the Speers during that time. The 1974 version of the Speers presented a modern sound to their fans, but they also included the old convention songs in their programs.

Polyester suits, “cool” hairstyles, and great backing musicians brought the Speers into the mid 1970s. Their song selections continued to focus on writings by Bill Gaither, Harold Lane, and Mosie Lister.

via GOGR Music History – The Speer Family.

GOGR Music History – The Speer Family

GOGR Music History –

Speer Family

First, let me ask for your forgiveness for being tardy with this article. Other cares of this life have prevented me from keeping up in a timely manner and I thank Mr. Waller for being patient with me and I ask for your patience also.

The Speer Family went through several changes in the 1960s. However, they never disappointed their fans with the group they put on stage. For several years, Brock, Ben, and Faye Speer joined adopted Speers Ann Sanders and Charles Yates to carry on the Speer tradition. Often, Mom and Dad would join the group as their health would allow. Although many thought the Speers could never continue without Mom and Dad, the family tradition continued and the Speers never did a concert without giving their very best. Although the absence of Mom and Dad was felt, their audiences realized that the Speer Family would continue to provide them the best in gospel music whether their parents were there or not. As mentioned in the previous chapter, Dad Speer passed away September 7, 1966. One of their finest recordings was released shortly after Dad’s death called “Dad Speer’s Greatest Gospel Hits.” It featured twelve songs either written or featuring G.T. Speer. This memorial album was one of the biggest sellers in the history of the family.

via GOGR Music History – The Speer Family.

Speer Family – Time Has Made A Change

GOGR Music History –

The Speer Family

The Speer Family had become a household name among gospel music fans. They had performed on the biggest stages in gospel music and they were one of the most loved groups in gospel music. However, there are few things as certain as change, and time was making a change in the Speer Family.

Ginger Smith left the family to wed Wally Laxon who was singing first tenor with the Tennesseans Quartet. The family wasn’t very happy to have to replace their bubbly female vocalist, but they found a new treasure in Mississippi when Ann Sanders joined the Speer Family. Ann had a great career with the Speers and went on to found her own group, the Downings, after leaving the Speers.

Dad Speer was never one to complain, but as the years rolled by, he was beginning to feel the effects of many years on the road. For several years, Dad had realized that age was creeping up on him, and he slowly shifted his responsibilities to his boys. Brock had already taken over the emcee duties, and he also began to handle the quartet bookings. After an extremely busy weekend of singing, Dad admitted to his sons that he wasn’t feeling well. By the time they got him to the hospital, they realized that Dad had experienced a massive heart attack which he’d conveniently ignored for several days.

Seeing the physical trouble that her dear husband was experiencing, Mom Speer told Brock that she wouldn’t be on the bus that weekend and asked Faye to join the group for the upcoming dates. Ever the trouper, Faye arranged to have the children cared for and climbed aboard the Speer Family bus.

via Speer Family – Time Has Made A Change.

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.

via Musicscribe – Useful – Informative: Brock Speer Biography.