On becoming a Legend

With most of the leading Southern Gospel bloggers discussing the same topic (here, here, and here), I thought it might not be a bad idea for at least one of us to give you something else to think about. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] [EDIT, 6/7/12: Broken link removed.]

What makes someone a legend?

Years on the road? Character? Musical ability? Or perhaps a combination of all three?

And, beyond Bill and Gloria Gaither, whose songs will probably be sung until Jesus returns, does Southern Gospel have any other bona fide legends still alive?

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  1. This discussion began on whether Kenny Hinson was a legend and continued on and on and on. SOme discussion of what constitutes a legend. [EDIT: The link is down, and has been removed.]

  2. I beleive that Claude & Connie Hopper will be legends in their time. EvaMae also should be considerd a legend in my opinion

  3. Too many people use “favorite” and “legend” interchangably, but GospelMusicFan, I really like the way you put that.

  4. To answer the question,
    “What makes someone a legend?”
    The combination of time, past generations and future generations determines the legacy of a legend.
    So with the passing of times might lead to one of your favorites to becoming a legend some day in the future.

  5. Dottie Rambo is a legend. Like Bill & Gloria Gaither, her songwriting will endure long after she’s gone.

    Other living legends include Eva Mae Lefevre, Lily Fern Weatherford, and Naomi Sego…though none of these will be known to future generations as much as the Gaithers or Rambo, IMO.