Toney Brothers disband; Terry Toney joins Blackwood Quartet
Earlier this year, enough Toney Brothers members left the group that only bass singer and manager Terry Toney remained. In an announcement billed as “Blackwood Quartet and Toney Brothers merge,” the Blackwood Quartet’s website states: [EDIT, 6/7/12: Broken link removed.]
The history of the Blackwood family and the Toney family goes all the way back to the 1940’s, when Alden Toney joined the Blackwood Brothers to sing tenor when the group was based in Shenandoah, IA. He stayed as tenor through the move to Memphis, TN in 1951 and together they introduced great songs such as, “Lead me to that rock”.
Some 30 years ago, Mark Blackwood and Terry Toney became friends and for many years have had a close working relationship. They have filled in for each other’s group in times of need, helped each other in scheduling, and have lended moral support to each other. Mark and Terry have often discussed the possibility of merging these two groups. The timing just was not right, until recently.
Effective immediately, the Toney Brothers and the Blackwood Quartet have merged. Mark Blackwood and Terry Toney will now bring their collective talents together as the Blackwood Quartet. Terry Toney says “Mark is a good businessman, strong vocalist, and great stage manager. I am really excited to join forces with him.” Mark says “Terry brings not only his strong bass voice, but 39 years of experience to the stage. Terry has a winning personality and provides great comic relief”.
A new project is underway. Be sure to check the group’s schedule so you can come see them soon. (hat tip, Aaron)
While it is sad to see a name with the storied history of the Toney Brothers come to an end, perhaps it is just as well. If the choice is between assembling a lineup not worthy of bearing a storied name and disbanding, surely disbanding is the better choice.
This is the second Blackwood-related merger in the last two years. In February 2010, after Josh Garner and John Rulapaugh left Ron Blackwood’s Blackwood Quartet at about the same time Ron had to come off the road for health reasons, the Blacwood Quartet merged with Mark Blackwood’s Blackwood Gospel Quartet into the Blackwood Quartet—the current group, under Mark’s management.