Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame The purpose of the TGMHF is to preserve the history and heritage of the talented people from Texas who have made a significant contribution to Gospel Music
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Still going after many years of music ministry: Chris and Diane Machen were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 28 a...
10/23/2019

Still going after many years of music ministry: Chris and Diane Machen were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 28 at DBU. As singers, songwriters and speakers, they are staying busy sharing their amazing talent. Look them up at: mastersmusic.com

Congratulations to ROD TREME! He was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame with the Calvin Wills "Quartet Ma...
10/08/2019

Congratulations to ROD TREME! He was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame with the Calvin Wills "Quartet Man" Award. He sang Gospel Music for over four decades winning numerous awards through the years with the quartet (in this photo) Paul's Journey. Board member, Darrell Bledsoe is also pictured after sharing some special memories about Rod and his family.

A special event: JOE WILLIS was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame. His wife, Irene, and most of his chil...
10/06/2019

A special event: JOE WILLIS was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame. His wife, Irene, and most of his children and grandchildren were there. Joe's career as an owner and manager of Christian Radio stations and promoter of Gospel Music is only part of what makes him so loved and appreciated by so many. He served on the Board of Directors for the TGMHF - pictured with him are board members: Larry, Cindi, Darrell, Liz Ben, Randy (tgmhf.org)

Another big THANKS to DBU for hosting our Hall of Fame Induction Concert! 9-28-19 More photos coming soon.
09/30/2019

Another big THANKS to DBU for hosting our Hall of Fame Induction Concert! 9-28-19 More photos coming soon.

SAVE THE DATE!  In 5 Weeks  Tickets available on Sept. 1st
08/24/2019

SAVE THE DATE! In 5 Weeks Tickets available on Sept. 1st

Jane Robin Ellis passes away at the age of 101. The only TGMHF Inductee to have a school named in her honor. She support...
06/18/2019

Jane Robin Ellis passes away at the age of 101. The only TGMHF Inductee to have a school named in her honor. She supported everything about Gospel Music in all of North Texas - especially some of the Wills Family that were in her award-winning Arlington high School choir!

This week will be 3 months since our dearest Lou went to her heavenly home. We have so many great photos and memories. H...
05/28/2019

This week will be 3 months since our dearest Lou went to her heavenly home. We have so many great photos and memories. Here she is 5 years ago with Guy after he was inducted and Jim Brady the year before he was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame!

Sad day for our TGMHF fans. Executive Director and Co-founder Lou Wills Hildreth moved to her new address in Gloryland t...
03/01/2019

Sad day for our TGMHF fans. Executive Director and Co-founder Lou Wills Hildreth moved to her new address in Gloryland today: February 28, 2019. She was an amazing inspiration to Gospel Music lovers all across the country - not just in Texas! She was our connection to Mr. Gaither and she is the one to remind us that our organization must carry on the heritage of our Christian music in the great Lone Star State!!

Our founder and first President, Calvin Wills, knew ALL the great Gospel singers. Do you recognize this man? (just a tes...
01/29/2019

Our founder and first President, Calvin Wills, knew ALL the great Gospel singers. Do you recognize this man? (just a test to get some FaceBook comments - thanks)

Another TGMHF Inductee has gone on home to heaven: Les Beasley. He was a native Texan, always supportive of the work her...
12/07/2018

Another TGMHF Inductee has gone on home to heaven: Les Beasley. He was a native Texan, always supportive of the work here, even though he spent most of his long career in Florida. Some of our Texas Team (Liz, Gayla) where able to attend his memorial service - he will be missed.

TGMHF Hall of Famers get promoted to their heavenly home. On August 20 a beloved member of the Wills Family, Lillie Will...
10/12/2018

TGMHF Hall of Famers get promoted to their heavenly home. On August 20 a beloved member of the Wills Family, Lillie Wills, passed away just three weeks before her 90th birthday. More recently an original member of the Galileans, Paul Delatorre crossed over after a brief illness. He and his wife Anita have lived in Tyler the past several years. Texas Music heroes that will be missed!

TGMHF Inductee as part of the First Family of Gospel Music in Texas, Lillie Wills, has passed on to her heavenly home. T...
08/22/2018

TGMHF Inductee as part of the First Family of Gospel Music in Texas, Lillie Wills, has passed on to her heavenly home. The Singing Wills Family (1938-1998) added Calvin's wife, Lillie to the group in the early 1960's - so many fans loved her sweet soprano voice and fun, outgoing spirit! She will be missed.

In 2011 Jack Taylor was inducted - he turns 90 years old this year. He was actually included in both Induction Concerts:...
05/24/2018

In 2011 Jack Taylor was inducted - he turns 90 years old this year. He was actually included in both Induction Concerts: 2011 with Guy Penrod and 2015 with Jim Brady. https://youtu.be/kPTavDtuW-c

10 years ago Marie Ellis was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame at the SGMA of Texas Convention. In this ...
01/03/2018

10 years ago Marie Ellis was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame at the SGMA of Texas Convention. In this photo with Marie are Lou Hildreth and Randy Wills. Her commitment to Gospel Music and her husband Tom Ellis became a much deserved legacy to everyone who knew her.
Three weeks ago on December 12, Marie was called home to join Tom and Calvin and so many other Gospel Music heroes in that heavenly choir! Read more about Tom and Marie on our website: tgmhf.org

Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame
10/24/2017

Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Wayne Christian, The Singing Christians, The Mercy River Boys and ALL of the talented Texans who made up those groups were inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Here's a collectable photo with inductees: Lou Hildreth and Bob Wills from the 1970s.

Wayne Christian, The Singing Christians, The Mercy River Boys and ALL of the talented Texans who made up those groups we...
10/23/2017

Wayne Christian, The Singing Christians, The Mercy River Boys and ALL of the talented Texans who made up those groups were inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Here's a collectable photo with inductees: Lou Hildreth and Bob Wills from the 1970s.

TGMHF Quiz! Our previous POST showed Board member Rudy Gatlin singing with Bob Wills in a "Scrap Iron" Qt. just a few we...
10/07/2017

TGMHF Quiz! Our previous POST showed Board member Rudy Gatlin singing with Bob Wills in a "Scrap Iron" Qt. just a few weeks ago. He also sang along with Bob over 20 years ago with these other two well-known Gospel Singers: who are they?

Fabulous! Now here is a great "Scrap Iron" Quartet put together for the Stamps Building Tribute. Ralph Green, Bob Wills,...
09/27/2017

Fabulous! Now here is a great "Scrap Iron" Quartet put together for the Stamps Building Tribute. Ralph Green, Bob Wills, Rudy Gatlin and Big John Hall. Randy Wills at the piano.

Calvin, Lillie and Cindi Wills recording at Sumet-Bernet Studio in the 1970s! Part of the Singing Wills Family tradition...
07/12/2017

Calvin, Lillie and Cindi Wills recording at Sumet-Bernet Studio in the 1970s! Part of the Singing Wills Family tradition - 26 records made over 60 years: 1938 to 1998.

Original member of the Singing Wills Family and TGMHF Inductee, BOB WILLS, joined Rudy as he held two of the Gatlin Fami...
04/27/2017

Original member of the Singing Wills Family and TGMHF Inductee, BOB WILLS, joined Rudy as he held two of the Gatlin Family recordings on Sword & Shield Records from the 1960s. Rudy captivated the crowd with songs and stories about his life as a Gatlin Brother - "the handsome brother on the right"!

Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame
04/25/2017

Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Another "landmark moment"!! The TGMHF has joined with the Texas Musicians Museum in Irving to display just a few of our best artifacts. Thanks to Thomas Kreason and his team. The first pic has the newest member of the Board of Directors, Larry Rice with Rudy and Randy. Photo two has our Museum Curator - Cindi Wills

Another "landmark moment"!! The TGMHF has joined with the Texas Musicians Museum in Irving to display just a few of our ...
04/25/2017

Another "landmark moment"!! The TGMHF has joined with the Texas Musicians Museum in Irving to display just a few of our best artifacts. Thanks to Thomas Kreason and his team. The first pic has the newest member of the Board of Directors, Larry Rice with Rudy and Randy. Photo two has our Museum Curator - Cindi Wills

TGMHF Quiz time! Who is in this fine "Scrap Iron" Quartet? AND what year did over 2,000 people show up at Will Rogers Au...
01/17/2017

TGMHF Quiz time! Who is in this fine "Scrap Iron" Quartet? AND what year did over 2,000 people show up at Will Rogers Auditorium for the TGMHF Induction of Larry Gatlin?

The newest Inductee to the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame: DALE SHIPLEY! President, Randy Wills with Board members, Dar...
11/28/2016

The newest Inductee to the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame: DALE SHIPLEY! President, Randy Wills with Board members, Darrell Bledsoe and Lou Hildreth were on hand to present Dale with the "Calvin Wills Quartet Man" induction plaque. One of the great lead singers still on the road today (from Ft. Worth) is currently traveling with the very popular FREEDOM QUARTET!
(Our apologies, the camera had some old film in it :-)

THANKS to the Southern Gospel Music Association of Texas for asking us to have a "presence" at the annual convention thi...
10/14/2016

THANKS to the Southern Gospel Music Association of Texas for asking us to have a "presence" at the annual convention this year. Our TGMHF had a small but effective display table with a continually running slide show (computer screen) of most of our Texas heroes and Inductees: Rudy Gatlin & Randy Wills were on sight and performed. It was a great weekend of Gospel Music!

TGMHF Quiz! Where did this amazing "Scrap Iron" Quartet sing recently? Also on the program: John Hall, SpokenFor, Billy ...
10/03/2016

TGMHF Quiz! Where did this amazing "Scrap Iron" Quartet sing recently? Also on the program: John Hall, SpokenFor, Billy Mata, Ray Benson, Mickey Vaughn, Jody Nix, Floyd Domino & more...
This quartet: Ralph Green, Bob Wills, Rudy Gatlin, Ben Pegues.

TGMHF Quiz! What ever happened to Silas Clark or Earl Raper? YES!! in the 40s and 50s the Associated Press (AP) covered ...
07/27/2016

TGMHF Quiz! What ever happened to Silas Clark or Earl Raper? YES!! in the 40s and 50s the Associated Press (AP) covered important events like the TEXAS STATE SINGING CONVENTION. Both when it "kicked off" and when it "closed" - was a BIG deal.

The TGMHF post from last October announced that Art Greenhaw was going to be inducted - with a classic picture including...
06/30/2016

The TGMHF post from last October announced that Art Greenhaw was going to be inducted - with a classic picture including Calvin and Lou. Here is the "official" photo from the Induction Concert. Darrell Bledsoe (Board of Directors) and Randy Wills presented Art with his plaque. The Light Crust Doughboys opened the program with a Gospel Music favorite: Life's Railway To Heaven.

So many great stories and memories last week. Thanks to all who attended Tom's service on Saturday. Tom H. Ellis (March ...
05/26/2016

So many great stories and memories last week. Thanks to all who attended Tom's service on Saturday. Tom H. Ellis (March 18, 1945 - May 19, 2016) The TGMHF only goes back to 1985, but about a dozen years before that, Tom loved to tell the story about how Calvin talked him into buying his first BUS (The Ellis Family) If you were a "real, traveling" Gospel group, "you had to drive a bus!"

Most of you Gospel Music friends already know our "Chairman of the Board" for the SGMA and TGMHF, Tom Ellis, has gone to...
05/20/2016

Most of you Gospel Music friends already know our "Chairman of the Board" for the SGMA and TGMHF, Tom Ellis, has gone to his heavenly home. As a founding member with my father, Calvin, he had been involved in most of the inductions of our "Hall of Famers" since 1985. Tom loved to support and promote ALL the Gospel singers in the Lone Star State - he was a great encourager! I had the honor of joining him for the induction of Jerry Oliver this past November. Tom, you and your "famous quotes" and SMILES will truly be missed!!

TGMHF Quiz! ?? We know this is the Albert E. Brumley singing event in 1998 with our talented Inductee Martha Ham at the ...
05/14/2016

TGMHF Quiz! ?? We know this is the Albert E. Brumley singing event in 1998 with our talented Inductee Martha Ham at the piano, but can you name the 4 gentlemen in this "scrap iron" quartet?

Another special induction into the TGMHF in November was Larry Randall. Plans were already under way for his induction o...
03/25/2016

Another special induction into the TGMHF in November was Larry Randall. Plans were already under way for his induction over a year ago when the Lord called him to his home in Heaven. His fabulous band, The Joshua Experience, is continuing his music ministry along with his wife Orlano. She gladly received his plaque to honor Larry for is career in Gospel Music. (pictured with Randy & Ben)

TGMHF Quiz! We know who made the Gatlins first 3 albums: Calvin and Lou for Sword & Shield records. BUT, WHO? made the b...
03/15/2016

TGMHF Quiz! We know who made the Gatlins first 3 albums: Calvin and Lou for Sword & Shield records. BUT, WHO? made the best homemade pies everyday for Calvin's BBQ Cafe (store on the far right)? Old-timers in Arlington still talk about them...

TGMHF Quiz! Who is that Hall of Fame Inductee on the left?? What a great promo photo from 1964 - Will Rogers Auditorium.
02/15/2016

TGMHF Quiz! Who is that Hall of Fame Inductee on the left?? What a great promo photo from 1964 - Will Rogers Auditorium.

At the Induction Concert in November we played a video of Pat Hoffmaster singing with the Blackwood Brothers - those in ...
02/02/2016

At the Induction Concert in November we played a video of Pat Hoffmaster singing with the Blackwood Brothers - those in attendance who were not familiar with his AMAZING tenor voice were moved to tears. His widow Jo Ann and family received the award in his honor! More INDUCTEE posts on the way...

Flash Back Thursday & another TGMHF Quiz!  Who do you recognize from this mid 1950s pic - a real "singing" was when EVER...
01/21/2016

Flash Back Thursday & another TGMHF Quiz! Who do you recognize from this mid 1950s pic - a real "singing" was when EVERYBODY sang (or clapped your hands like that guy!!)

2015 Mickey Vaughn! Gospel pianist and life-long supporter of Southern Gospel Music. There is not enough space here to l...
01/11/2016

2015 Mickey Vaughn! Gospel pianist and life-long supporter of Southern Gospel Music. There is not enough space here to list all the great Gospel quartets and Gospel singers she has played for through the years. Congrats Mickey! an amazing talent and true Texas hero. (with Randy Wills & Ben Pegues)

The pictures are IN - here is the induction of JIM BRADY! Our full-time Texas Star traveling the country with GREAT Gosp...
12/09/2015

The pictures are IN - here is the induction of JIM BRADY! Our full-time Texas Star traveling the country with GREAT Gospel Music!!

TGMHF Quiz time! When did Rudy and Randy sing "Just A Little Talk With Jesus" with the Oak Ridge Boys? It was awesome!!
11/25/2015

TGMHF Quiz time! When did Rudy and Randy sing "Just A Little Talk With Jesus" with the Oak Ridge Boys? It was awesome!!

10 years ago - 2005 we inducted the amazing Texas talent: Cynthia Clawson! One of the best singers ever. I still pull ou...
10/27/2015

10 years ago - 2005 we inducted the amazing Texas talent: Cynthia Clawson! One of the best singers ever. I still pull out her Christmas album (vinyl then CD) every year to listen...

TGMHF Quiz! What year was Larry Gatlin inducted? Seen here with Calvin and Bob Wills (must have been the nineties) - it ...
10/10/2015

TGMHF Quiz! What year was Larry Gatlin inducted? Seen here with Calvin and Bob Wills (must have been the nineties) - it was a great concert at Will Rogers Auditorium.

SAVE THE DATE !!!
10/06/2015

SAVE THE DATE !!!

The TGMHF inducted Texas native Guy Penrod in 2011 -- and now it is JIM BRADY's turn!! November 7 at Dallas Baptist Univ...
10/06/2015

The TGMHF inducted Texas native Guy Penrod in 2011 -- and now it is JIM BRADY's turn!! November 7 at Dallas Baptist University.

TGMHF Quiz!  What year was Harold Marshall of the fabulous Lake Country Jubilee inducted in the the Hall of Fame ??
10/05/2015

TGMHF Quiz! What year was Harold Marshall of the fabulous Lake Country Jubilee inducted in the the Hall of Fame ??

The TGMHF will be inducting ART GREENHAW on November 7. Art and the Light Crust Doughboys seen here with Calvin and Lou!...
10/05/2015

The TGMHF will be inducting ART GREENHAW on November 7. Art and the Light Crust Doughboys seen here with Calvin and Lou! He and his family (Frank & Pat) have always been big supporters of our organization -- THANKS ART!!

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