Just some thoughts:
I have followed music all my life. All kinds and forms of music.
One form I was raised on was gospel, especially southern gospel quartet music. My dad sang in a gospel group and as a small boy I was put to sleep at many an all night gospel singing. I also know what the expression “All day singin’ dinner on the grounds” means.
Only if you have closely followed gospel music would you recognize such names as The Blackwood Brothers, The Statesmen, The Dixie Echoes, The Florida Boys, The Chuck Wagon Gang, I could go on and on.
He was serving in the army based in Columbia, South Carolina but also was a member of his family’s gospel group. A group called The LeFevres. Again only if you followed that style of music would you even come close to knowing about this group. His family had a show to do in Memphis,Tennessee on a Sunday afternoon. To make that show he would hitchhike from Columbia, SC to Memphis . Earlier that week he had written a song. Backstage that afternoon before going on stage he shared the song with his family hoping they would perform it that afternoon. That afternoon they performed the song and it was well received by the audience.
But unbeknownst to the young man who had written and sung the song that afternoon standing off stage/ in the wings listening to them sing was a young man who lived in Memphis and also loved gospel music. Something he often did, showing up at gospel music shows.
The following week this young man who had been standing in the wings, standing just off stage was so taken with the song that he had heard that past Sunday that he went into a Nashville recording studio and recorded that very song. The writer of the song was Myron LeFevre (The song–“Without Him I Can Do Nothing.”)
The fella that had been standing off stage listening to them sing, and so taken with the newly written song, oh that was Elvis Presley. The song appeared in his first gospel album. The story goes that Elvis also gave much of the recording royalties from that recording to the young song writer.
You know one never knows who might be standing off stage.
May 5, 2019
May 27, 2019