Dates on Prophets Quartet recordings

I have a number of projects in my collection for which I don’t know years of release. Does anyone know what years these Prophets projects were released?

  • I Know
  • If We Never Meet Again
  • Just A Rose Will Do
  • A New Day
  • Peace In the Valley
  • Prophets
  • Victory in Jesus
  • Sweeter As the Days Go By (I have a date of ca. 1968 for that one)

Any information on personnel on these projects would also be appreciated. Thank you!


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  1. Daniel, according to my notes, here are the years those LPs were released:

    I Know 1971: Lew Garrison, Donnie Seabolt, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, and Bob McCollum.

    If We Never Meet Again 1969: Lew Garrison, Dean Brown, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, probably Danny Churchwell

    Just A Rose Will Do 1969: Lew Garrison, Dean Brown, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, probably Danny Churchwell

    A New Day 1972 — first LP without Lew Garrison: Grady (Chico) Nix, Roy McNeal, Ed Hill, Butch Sanders, Bob McCollum, Tommy Hensley

    Peace In the Valley 1970 (I think this was their first LP with Donnie Seabolt) Lew Garrison, Donnie Seabolt, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, and probably Bob McCollum.

    Prophets — Do you have an LP number for this one? I’m not sure which one you are referring to here. If it’s Sing 3002, it’s also known as “No Disappointments” and was released in 1963. Lew Garrison, Jay Berry, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, and Joe Moscheo.

    Victory in Jesus 1970: Lew Garrison, Donnie Seabolt, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, and probably Bob McCollum.

    Sweeter as the Days Go By was released in 1968 or 1969. The release dates for those three for $5 specials are hard to specifically identify. Lew Garrison, Dean Brown, Ed Hill, Jim Boatman, probably Danny Churchwell

    According to the Musicscribe SG History site, Donnie Seabolt only sang with the Prophets for a “brief stint”, but he was actually on at least four of their recordings and sang with them for about two years.

  2. Thank you very much!

    The one I called Prophets is probably also known as No Disappointments. Its songlist: That’s Why I’ve Got to Sing; Worry Who I?; Old Hymns Medley; In Heaven; So High So Low; Sweet Hour of Prayer; No Disappointments; When God Dips His Love; Sinner Let Me Tell You; Wait till You See Me in My New Home; By His Word; Promise You’ll Meet Me.

    The neatest thing–or at least one of them–about keeping this site up to date is that sometimes, when I have questions, people stop by who have answers!

  3. I went to see the Prophets on back to back nights in 1972 while in college. I was absolutely “stunned” to hear that group live. I had never heard anyone like Lew Garrison before. John Rulapaugh was the first to remind me of Lew – perhaps a little more polished. Roy McNeal, what can you say? I was a big fan of the Thrasher Brothers, London Paris and the Apostles, the Hinsons, Speers & Cathedrals – but the Prophets were like a different league.

    They did not tour often in my area or I think I would have gone to hear them more often. I was saddened when the group disbanded.

    JEB

  4. In the early to mid 1960s when Jay Berry was in the Prophets, a singer whom I truly admired, he was also a member of the National Guard and had to spend a couple of weeks every year in training. During one of those times when Jay was at his annual training, we (Couriers) sang in a concert with them in Knoxville. The Prophet’s pianist Gary Trussler was filling in for Jay. Gary was a gifted pianist and emcee, but he wasn’t known as a singer. So Ed Hill invited me to join the Prophets onstage for the one song that was their sugar stick. It featured Jay Berry and I think he also composed it, “He Set Me Free.”

    I was an extremely shy and timid kid when I first started out in this business, but I made it a point to so thoroughly study and absorb the recordings of every major group of the time that if called upon I would at least know the part. I remember walking onstage and feeling the sheer pressure of trying to fill the shoes of the great Jay Berry. Somehow I got through the song and quickly made my way offstage, just relieved that it was over.

    Of course the crowd cheered as all the gracious Southern audiences do. And Ed called for me to come back and do an encore. Encore? I was backstage fainted out cold. Ed called two or three times and then gave up, seeing that the other members of the Couriers were waving him off.

    Embarrassing as it is, that’s my pitiful experience with the classic Prophets.

  5. I never knew that Gary Trusler was the emcee for the Prophets during his short time with the group.

    Great story, Neil. I hope to meet you when you’re inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  6. The “No Disappointments” (which like Daniel, I refer to as a self titled) album is one of my all time favorites. Jay Berry does some incredible singing on that album. I’ve also always like the cover of the LP with the charcoal type drawing of the group. Great album all around. And yes, Daniel, to confirm, that is the same one that I have.

  7. Cool – thanks!

  8. Daniel, come to think of it, I did a Classics Corner of that album many moons ago when I was just starting my blog. It was my first Classics review. “Sinner Let Me Tell You” is a great cut.

    Here’s the link:
    http://burkesbrainwork.wordpress.com/2007/10/12/classics-corner-prophets-prophets-sing-3002/

  9. To John Crenshaw-

    John, you are right. In fact after I had written my comment and punched the “Post” button, I asked myself if that was accurate. By that time it was too late to change it. I do think that Gary did make comment during their concerts though. But you’re right about his not being the emcee.

  10. Neil, I didn’t know if he was the emcee or not. I’ve never heard one way or the other and wasn’t doubting your recollection. You were there and I wasn’t! LOL!

    I got an email from Gary a few years ago, but have since lost contact with him. He was still living in the Knoxville area. He played for some great quartets during his short time in gospel music.

  11. Great, that helped me fill in some of my discography of the prophets, but what about the following for years. packin, relax, gospel rhythm, peace in the valley, gotta tell it, vital and vibrant? thank you for the other info, and the new info forth coming. hey Daniel, i enjoy the little tidbits of info you manage to find and give out.

    • If it’s not here, I don’t know – sorry!

  12. “I Know” was published in 1971.