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June 16, 2008

Ray Turner, bass in original King's Heralds, dies at 99

Adventist News Network (MD):

Ray Turner, the bass in the original King's Heralds Quartet, a singing group long supported by the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Voice of Prophecy radio ministry, died May 15 at a care facility in Killeen, Texas. He was 99.

While a student at Southwestern Junior College (now Southwestern Adventist University) in Keene, Texas, Turner began harmonizing with the three Crane brothers -- Louis, Waldo, and Wesley -- and formed the Lone Star Four Quartet in 1927.

They were hired as a quartet in Oakland, California after graduating from nursing school. But the $30 each earned a month didn't pay the bills during the Depression. The four men traveled south to the Los Angeles area and began working at Glendale Sanitarium and Hospital.

Upon hearing the group, hospital chaplain H.M.J. Richards recommended them to his son H.M.S. Richards, founder of the Voice of Prophecy, who asked the Lone Star Four to join his evangelism and radio team in 1936.

The group was featured during a one-hour program every afternoon on Hollywood's station KMPC. On Saturday mornings they sang for a program on KNX, also in Hollywood. Every evening they assisted with Richards' evangelistic campaign in his tabernacle in nearby Long Beach and assisted other evangelists in the area when they could.

The following year, the Voice of Prophecy conducted a radio contest to re-name the quartet, since the name "Lone Star," a Texas reference, was no longer applicable in California. The winning name was the King's Heralds.

The King's Herald are one of the world's longest running a cappella groups and are still going strong. They are special guest artists at this year's Barbershop International Convention.

Posted by acapnews at June 16, 2008 10:28 PM

Comments

I LOVE THE HERALDS AND I LOVE GOD. THE HERALDS HAVE REALLY PREACHED IN MY LIFE AND I ALWAYS REMMEMBER THEM IN PRAYERS.

Posted by: anthony ndonji at December 7, 2008 3:11 PM

THE HERALDS HAVE BEEN MY INSPIRATION AND HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT THAT I HAVE KEPT ADMIRING AND ASKED MYSELF A QUESTION WILL THERE BE ANY STARS ON MY CROWN?

Posted by: birkingstone miswalo at July 20, 2009 6:37 AM

d 1st time i heard the kings herald voice was when a friend brought their song in a cd 2 my house after the sabath worship and we watchd and i wana tell u that a particular song...'a little talk with jesus.'made my soul liftd 2 have a closer walk with jesus.i luv the kings herald.may God continue to bless their voices as they take the advent message to all the world through their songs.

Posted by: olanrewaju lekan at September 11, 2011 1:37 PM

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