1931 - 1991
On March 19, 1931, Sam Goodman was born
in Bremen, Alabama, followed soon after by Sam's brothers Rusty and
Bobby. When Sam's brother Howard began traveling an an evangelist,
all of the siblings were recruited during through late 30s, 40s, and
50s to sing, thus forming the many variations of the early Happy
Goodman Family. From the group's earliest days, Sam became known as
the group's spokesperson, introducing the songs and the group
members on stage, often telling funny stories and including moving
recitations such as "The Goodman Family Story", "The
Beauty of a Child" and "The Pledge of Allegience" on
many albums. Sam sang with the Happy Goodman Family in churches,
campmeetngs, all night sings, auditoriums, and radio and television
around the nation from the 1940s through the 1980s.
In 1982, Sam received Minister's credentials with the Assembly of God and continued to travel, sing, record solo albums, and also preach in churches and on Christian television across the nation until his death in 1991. In 1990, Sam reunited with Howard, Vestal, and Rusty to record their final album, The Reunion, which received a Grammy nomination that year.
Spanning seven decades, the Happy Goodman family received many Grammy nominations, 2 Grammy awards, and sang at the White House for President Jimmy Carter. In 1974, Sam was awarded the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Baritone. In 1998 the Happy Goodman Family was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and now, Sam takes his place with Howard, Vestal, and Rusty as a member of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Drew and Kris Goodman accepts for their father, the late Sam Goodman, Hall of Famer Ed O'Neal presenting
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