Saturday News Roundup #141

Worth Knowing

Worth Watching

Ernie Haase, now in his 40s, can still sing a solid G above high C? Not bad at all! (Hat tip, Josh.)

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturdayโ€”you decide!


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  1. Whos the piano player..wow!..she is great!!

    • Joyce Meyer, Ernie’s first music teacher.

      • Good question!
        I love piano players.
        Never know that fact.
        It go to show you never know who are connected together in life.

      • Joyce Meyer still plays piano for her own quartet, The Conquerors Quartet, out of Evansville, IN. We were just with Joyce this past weekend as she cooked breakfast for us Sunday morning and we spent a little time around the piano singing with her and Paul playing. It was great fun. Joyce and her late husband Mike, have been friends of mine for many years. I am currently producing a new CD on then which should be out in a few weeks. Great lady, and not only can she play she also cooks a mean breakfast.

      • She sure sounds like a lady who has kept in practice!

      • Really?! They had a main stage appearance as a showcase winner this year. That’s the group Andrew Goldman of Union Street came from, and his dad is still in the group.

  2. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, he hit it all right, but thankfully (for him) he doesn’t try that night after night – otherwise he wouldn’t be singing in his 50’s.

    • There are a few people whose voices are so high that they can still do it in their 60s – Ernie Phillips comes to mind. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ernie was one of those. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I agree – but there does come a point with many of them when it ceases to be pleasant to listen to. High is impressive, but if they’re not able to put vibrato with the note, it’s not singing, it’s screaming on tune.

  3. Who’s the 5th person singing in the video? Wayne Haun, perhaps?

  4. Another thing, is the G above high C a G5?
    As for the other side of things, Ian is singing good.

    • Yeah the G5 is the note that Ernie hits very impressive indeed.

  5. Slow news week?

  6. This idea has been brewing in my head for some time, so I’ll “open up and let’er fly”. No, not really, but…..
    Bill Shaw retired from the Blackwood Brothers in t1973, 39 years ago. How long has it been since he’s been interviewed by Singing News, or any other publication?
    Don’t you think it would be great if someone brought us up to date on Bill. Singing News, Absolutley Gospel, Christian Voice, a blogger, somebody? He’s up there in years, 88 right now. Somebody should interview him before the opportunity to do so is gone.
    Another person and/or group I haven’t seen mentioned in S.N. for quite awhile is Ed Enoch & The Stamps. I remember an article when they were going under the name Ed Enoch & Golden Covenant, back in 2002 or 2003. David Hester was singing bass, and Jerry Kelso (that combination sounds framilliar, right?) was playing piano at the time. The rest of the group was Ed Enoch, Ed Hill, and I’m thinking Rick Strickland.

    The Stamps and Bill Shaw have legendary status in the industry. It would be good to hear what’s up with them at this point in their respective group careers/lives.

    • I saw Bill Shaw live in concert about a year ago. It was like being in the presence of royalty!

      That said, speaking just for myself: (a) I don’t have his contact information, (b) even if I had it, I think that I would be way too nervous to call and ask for an interview, and (c) even if I could, I seem to recall his hearing may not have been all it used to be, and I don’t know how comfortable he’d be with a phone interview.

    • It’s been almost 40 years since I first saw J.D. Sumner & The Stamps for the first time. The lineup consisted of J.D. (of course) on bass, Dave Rowland on baritone, Ed Enoch on Lead, and Bill Baise(spelling) as tenor. They had a young man playing piano at the time. His name was Ronnie Mabe. What a line-up. I agree with Quaid, the old greats are passing away, and the time for documenting those who remain is limited.

  7. Seems like I heard Bill Shaw may be living around Greenville, SC. Bill is perhaps the last “living legend” of the golden era of Southern Gospel.

    • I think he’s the final surviving member of the biggest lineups of the two greatest groups of the ’50s. Of course, if you look outside of the Blackwood/Statesmen ranks, there are a couple of others – Bobby Clark of the Weatherfords/Cathedrals, Lily Fern Weatherford of the Weatherfords, Ed Sprouse of the Blue Ridge Quartet, etc.

  8. Bill Shaw attends Charlie Waller’s Grand Ole Gospel Reunion every August, and it s joy to see and hear him! He is still singing some great first tenor! I believe he is in his late 80s at least. He is a true legend!

    • He is, and even though his voice isn’t QUITE what it used to be, Bill Shaw at 85%-90% of what he used to be can still sing most 40-year-old tenors off the stage – and most 20-year-old tenors, too, for that matter! ๐Ÿ™‚