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1973 Inductees

Denver Crumpler

By January 1, 2018May 5th, 2021No Comments

Inducted 1973


(1914 – 1957)

Denver Dale Crumpler was a quartet performer whose career stretched from the late 1930s until his premature death in 1957. He is most renowned as the tenor for The Statesmen Quartet (1953-1957).

Arkansas native Denver Crumpler was one of the highest lyric tenor voices ever known to Southern Gospel music. He began his singing career in the early nineteen-thirties with The Stamps Melody Boys, one of the many music-selling, traveling groups sponsored by the Stamps-Baxter Music Company of Dallas. In 1938 the guitar-playing, Irish tenor began a long stint with The Rangers Quartet, enduring until 1953. By the late 1940s, the Rangers had become the most widely known quartet in the gospel music field, although their concerts and radio shows often featured western tunes as well as gospel numbers.

In the early 1950’s The Statesman Quartet was one of the most popular quartets in America. Pianist Hovie Lister was the group’s managing force and when a rare spot in the tenor slot opened, knowing Denver’s voice would be a perfect complement to the other members, Lister aggressively lobbied Denver to join the group. Once Crumpler was on board their popularity gathered speed to the point of them performing 250-300 concerts a year and having a syndicated television show sponsored by Nabisco, eventually seen on about 150 television stations around the nation.

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