Archie Watkins to Retire
The word is being reported on enough different radio stations and websites (i.e., here) (EDIT: 8/5/2011: Broken link removed) that I think it’s hit the point of being fairly certain: Legendary tenor Archie Watkins, who has sung with the Inspirations for the last 45 years, is retiring in two weeks. His last concert is to be the Feb. 28th Mull Singing Convention concert, a joint appearance with the McKameys.
The concert will also be one of 26-year veteran Carol Woodard’s last dates with the McKameys.
Although there have been other tenors who have put in years on the road, no other tenor has spent so long at the forefront of Southern Gospel music. Though his voice wasn’t for everyone, he was able to hold down the most challenging vocal part for nearly half a century. His many fans and friends will miss him.
New Inspirations tenor Dallas Rogers will have some massive shoes to fill. But having seen Dallas perform in person (with the Dixie Echoes) and heard him on several groups’ recordings, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Inspirations.