The Rebels Quartet Returns
The Rebels Quartet, which retired over thirty years ago, is returning to Gospel Music. Past Rebels member Rick Fair received blessings of several former members to bring the name back.
Fair, who is perhaps best known for his mid-2000s run singing baritone for Palmetto State Quartet, has also sung for The Blackwoods and Hovie Lister and the Statesmen. He will be singing bass, and will be joined by David Fair on baritone. Southern Sound alumni Mike Young (tenor) and Barry Patrick (pianist) and Melody Boys / Freedom alumnus Alan Kendall (lead) round out the lineup. The group will be based in Sevierville, Tennessee.
The original Rebels lineup was tenor Horace Parrish, lead singer Lee Kitchens, baritone singer John Matthews, bass singer Norman Allman, and pianist Jimmy Hand. Ron Booth Sr., founding member of the Booth Brothers and father to Ronnie and Michael Booth, got his start singing tenor for the Rebels. Three Southern Gospel Hall of Famers were also members: Big Jim Hamill, Jim Waits, and London Parris.