AceShowbiz - Gospel Music Association Hall of Famer and former member of the Oak Ridge Boys, Gary McSpadden, has died.
The 77 year old lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
The native Texan began singing in his father's church from an early age and he was a temporary member of the Imperials in his late teens. He also started working with the Oak Ridge Quartet, who became the Oak Ridge Boys.
McSpadden recorded three albums as a member of the Oak Ridge Boys before he joined Jake Hess and the Imperials full-time and became part of the group that sang backup to Elvis Presley.
McSpadden also performed with gospel groups the Bill Gaither Trio and the Gaither Vocal Band, and recorded a string of solo projects. He enjoyed success as a songwriter too, writing "Jesus Lord to Me" and "No Other Name but Jesus" among other hits.
McFadden was also a record producer for acts including the Cathedrals, Terri Gibbs, the Talleys, and Lulu Roman.
In his later years, he and his wife, Carol, headed up the Faith and Wisdom Church in Branson, Missouri.