1934 - 2007
Jim Hamill, one of Southern Gospel's all-time great lead singers, sang professionally for over 50 years and until shortly before his death, was still going strong.
A native of Memphis, son of Rev. James E. Hamill, for many years pastor of First Assembly of God in Memphis, Jim joined the Weatherfords in the early 1950s. And then came times with the Blue Ridge Quartet, the Rebels, the Oak Ridge Quartet, the Rebels again, and finally, for almost 28 years he sang the lead for the Kingsmen.
He and the late Eldridge Fox split duties with the Kingsmen, Eldridge handling the business, and Jim directing their stage performances. He also arranged their music and chose the songs they sang in concert.
Hamill was an extremely funny man, entertaining audiences not only with a wide-ranging, clear voice in song but also with much humor as the emcee of the Kingsmen.
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