Groups that Stood the Test of Time: 1980s
Today, let’s look at which groups’ recordings from the 1980s hold the greatest appeal today.
I’ll kick things off with my list. Just for fun, if you like, indicate in your list how many recordings you have by that group from that decade.
- Cathedral Quartet (23 recordings). In the 1980s, he long years the Cathedrals had put in laying the groundwork paid off, and they found themselves rising to the top of Southern Gospel, where they would stay for the rest of their career.
- Kingsmen (12 recordings). Still at the peak of their Big and Live years at the beginning of the decade, they remained at the top of Southern Gospel through the decade.
- Gold City (3 recordings). It’s a tough call where to rank the Cathedrals, Kingsmen, and Gold City on this list!
- Inspirations (7 recordings). The Inspirations’ enduring appeal held solid into the 1980s, and their project sound as good today as they did then.
- Talleys (0 projects). The Talleys (not to be confused with the Talley Trio) released most of their best work in the mid and late 80s.
- Florida Boys. I view the 1980s as the Florida Boys’ peak years artistically; their best studio work was released in this decade.
- Masters V (2 projects). Pairing five legends together doesn’t always work, but in this case it was a perfect fit.
- The Nelons (2 projects). This decade was probably the Nelons’ peak.
- Bill Gaither Trio (2 projects). Though the Bill Gaither Trio’s sound was labeled “Inspirational” then, the Inspirational genre has more or less disappeared and their recordings fit solidly within today’s Southern Gospel.
- Hoppers (2 projects). Thanks in part to some work with Lari Goss, they were just starting to develop their niche. Their sound wouldn’t fully coalesce until the end of the decade, when Kim Greene Hopper joined the group, and the lineup that has been consistent for twenty years this year (!) was in place.