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Bio

Fourteen-year-old Gerald Williams attended his first Stamps Baxter Singing School, hosted by Herschel Foshee and The Stamps Baxter Quartet, with Smiling Joe Roper, in the summer of 1948 at Temple Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Gerald had long been star-struck over this group and was an avid listener to their daily radio broadcasts.  Bass-singer Herschel Foshee was so impressed with young Gerald during the course of the school, that he hired him a few months later to sing bass for The Herschel Foshee Junior Quartet.  By the age of 15, Gerald began substituting for the ailing Foshee in the senior quartet.In November of 1949, at just 16 years of age, Gerald’s career was launched full-time when Herschel Foshee died suddenly of a heart attack. Gerald spent the majority of the next 63 years anchoring the bass spot for, and eventually becoming the owner of, The Melody Boys Quartet.

The following is a mini documentary about Gerald and his 63 year tenure with The Melody Boys Quartet.


In addition to his time with the Melody Boys, Gerald also sang with such notable groups as Rosie Rozell and the Searchers, and the Plainsmen.  During his years with the Plainsmen, Gerald shared the stage with many Country Music notables, such as Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Buck Owens, Grandpa Jones, George Morgan, Jack Greene, Donna Fargo, Minnie Pearl, Jimmy Dickens, Don Williams, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and many others.

Gerald has also spent many years mentoring young singers all across the country.  In 2011, he produced an instructional video titled Bass-ic Training, which has been widely used by both aspiring and experienced singers as a guide to healthy and effective vocal performance.

In 2006, Gerald was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame—an honor he humbly accepted, in recognition of his legacy in the Southern Gospel Music Industry.

Retirement in 2012 took Gerald off the full-time road circuit, but not off the stage.  Check out the “Appearances” link on this web site for opportunities to hear him in live concert.