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Rhythm Masters 1959 National Quartet Convention program photo - L-R: Jamie Deason (tenor), Grady Barnette (baritone), Sam Bailey (piano), Elvis Walton (bass), Dale Shelnut (lead)

Group Members

Rhythm Masters (1953-????)

Esther Liles (????-????)

Lane Shaw (195?-????)
Jim Hefner (????-????)
Jerry Redd (????-????)
Jamie Deason (195?-????)
Grady Nix (1967-????)
Dave Rolfe (????-????)

Dale Shelnut (195?-????)
Dan Hubbard (196?-????)
Bill Aven (????-????)

Byron Burgess (195?-????, 1963-????)
Grady Barnette (195?-????)
Bob ???? (????-????)
Clyde Burns (196?-196?)
Homer Milam (195?-19??, 196?-1969) (also sang bass)
Bill Dykes (196?-1970)
Carroll Rawlings (1970-????)

Elvis Walton (195?-????)
Gerald Adams (1963-????)
Seals Hilton (1964-1966)
Homer Milam (195?-19??, 196?-1969) (also sang baritone)
Buddy Liles (1969-????)
Bob Cameron (????-????)

James Counts (????-????)
Jimmy Wofford (????-????)
Charles Cruce (????-????)
Sam Bailey (195?-????)
James Clark (1963-????)
Bill Phelps (1967-????)
Linda Rawlings (????-????)

Bass Guitar
DeWayne Vaught (196?-????)

Unknown Part
LaWayne Jolley (????-????)

mid-1960s publicity photo for WAPI-TV in Birmingham, Alabama - L-R: Homer Milam, Jimmy Hefner, LeWayne Jolley, Jimmy Woffard, Gerald Adams

late-1960s - Top L-R: Bill Dykes, Dan Hubbard, Bill Phelps; Center: Buddy Liles; Front: Grady Nix

Rhythm Masters (195?-????, 196?-????)


The Rhythm Masters formed in Birmingham, Alabama during the early 1950s. Early group members included Lane Shaw, future Dixie Echoes lead singer Dale Shelnut, Byron Burgess and Seals Hilton.

At least one publicity photo and an early 45 billed them with the two words of the group name combined into one, Rhythmasters.

The Rhythm Masters regrouped in the Cincinnati, Ohio area in 1967. The common thread connecting the older group to the Ohio groups was lead singer Dan Hubbard and bass/baritone singer Homer Milam. Both gentleman were part of the Alabama-based Rhythm Masters, though it's unclear if they were both in the earlier group at the same time.

By 1969, both the Rhythm Masters and the Landmark Quartet had ceased to operate. Former Landmark Quartet bass singer Buddy Liles and Milam (who was working for the QCA record label) decided to relaunch the Rhythm Masters in late 1969 or early 1970. A year or so later, Carroll Rawlings, who had sung with Liles in the Landmark Quartet, joined the Rhythm Masters. Carroll's wife, Linda, also joined the group to play piano.

Liles left the Rhythm Masters to join the Florida Boys in 1972. At that point, Carroll Rawlings took over management of the Rhythm Masters.


Alabama Amabassadors Of Goodwill (conferred by Governor George C. Wallace)


???? Artists Records/RM3302 (45 rpm): What A Day; I Stepped In The Water; He Whispers Sweet Peace; Take Me Home (Jamie Deason, Dale Shelnut, Grady Barnett, Elvis Watson, James Counts).

1961 Hymns & Spirituals By The Rhythm Masters (Ace Records/LP-1010): Pass Me Not; Take My Hand Precious Lord; I'm Gonna Move To The Sky; Teach Me Lord To Wait; Just For Today; God Made A Way; Amazing Grace; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; Bend Away Down Low; The Devil And His Old Suitcase; I'll Follow Jesus; Holding My Savior's Hand (Jamie Deason, Dale Shelnut, Grady Barnette, Gerald Adams, James Counts) (Re-issued on Teem Records LP-5001).

19?? God's Great Love (Custom Records): God's Great Love; Until Then; Close To The Master; When I Inherit My Mansion; Wings Of A Dove; I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone; Let's Sing His Praise; I Can Tell You The Time; Lift Me Up; Blessed Assurance; Wonderful Savior; Farther Along (Jim Hefner, Dan Hubbard, Bob ????, Seals "Low Note" Hilton, Charles Cruce).

19?? Sing Praises With The Rhythm Masters Quartet: My Heart Is A House; It's In Your Hand; Are You Ready To Go; I Want To See Jesus; I'm A Millionaire; I Couldn't Keep It To Myself; I've Heard About Heaven; Will The Circle Be Unbroken; On The Wings Of A Dove; The Lovely Name Of Jesus; All That I Am; Wasted Years.

19?? More About Jesus (Scripture Records): I Would Not Be Denied; Softly And Tenderly; Unclouded Day; Love Lifted Me; Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone; Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus; Leaning On The Everlasting Arms; Lord I'm Coming Home; More About Jesus; Amazing Grace Of The Lord; Old Rugged Cross; At The Cross (Jim Hefner, ????).

1963 It Must Be The Man In The Sky (Skylite Records/LP-6013): I'll Be All Right Someday; Swing Low; It's Different Now; No Disappointments; What Love; Hide Me Rock Of Ages; It Must Be The Man In The Sky; He'll Pilot Me; Keep Me; Closer To Thee; Testimony Song (Medley) (Jerry Redd, Byron Burgess, LaVerne Tripp, Paul Downing, James Clark). (Tripp and Downing were not members of the Rhythm Masters, but their voices appear on this recording. This was originally recorded by the Rangers Quartet. When that version of the Rangers disbanded, three members joined the Rhythm Masters along with Homer Milam and Gerald Adams who are listed in the credits for this album.)

196? Rhythm Masters (Artists Records): Sheltered In The Arms Of God; My God Is Real; After All; Until Then; Going Home; Jesus Is Coming Soon; Lonesome Road; I'm Gonna Tell It; I Believe; No One Cared So Much; Unclouded Day.

19?? Rhythm Masters Sing The Old And The New (Custom Records/700315): Great Big Wonderful God; Jesus; He Looked Beyond My Faults; When I Prayed Through; Must I Go Empty Handed; The Love Of God; For God So Loved; Since Jesus Passed By; What A Day; God Leads Us Along; Without Him; I'd Rather Have Jesus (Grady Nix, Dan Hubbard, Clyde Burns, Homer Milam, Bill Phelps).

19?? He'll Stand By You (Hilltop Records/G-7006): He'll Stand By You; There's Room At The Cross; I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey; When I Move To That Beautiful City; I Just Can't Hardly Wait; You Need Jesus Everyday; Old Rugged Cross; Empty Mansions; Rainbow Of Love; How Great Thou Art.

19?? Now Walk With God

1970 Daddy Sang Bass (Artists Records): Can't Hardly Wait; More About Jesus; Daddy Sang Bass; I've Been To Calvary; How Great Thou Art; From Now On; He Touched Me; Lift Me Up; Wings Of A Dove; When They Ring Those Golden Bells (Grady Nix, Dan Hubbard, Carrol Rawlings, Buddy Liles, Bill Phelps).

1970 On Stage (Artists Records/701004): I'm Gonna Tell It; Reunion In Heaven; Daddy Sang Bass; I'm Longing For Home; Room At The Cross; Yield Not To Temptation; Wonderful Love; I've Been To Calvary; The Night Before Easter; I'll Have A New Life (Grady Nix, Dan Hubbard, Carroll Rawlings, Buddy Liles, Bill Phelps).

19?? Songs We Remember (Rite Records): What A Friend; At The Cross; Sweet Hour Of Prayer; Showers Of Blessing; There Is A Fountain; Wonderful Peace; Follow Me; Old Rugged Cross; Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone; Near The Cross (Esther Liles, Dan Hubbard, Bill Dykes, Buddy Liles, Bill Phelps).

1973 Happy Wheels Of Joy (Artists Records): I Don't Know Why; Jesus Will Outshine Them All; Redemption Draweth Nigh; I Should Have Been Crucified; Over And Over; Lord Don't Take Your Love From Me; The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power; Here's A Song For The Man; I Know; I'll Have A New Life.

1981 The Rhythm Masters (Artists Records): I Gave My Heart To Him; He Was There; Songs We Used To Sing; Wonderful; Gettin' Ready To Leave; Shout Brother, Shout; He Will Row You Over The Tide; Just For Me; I'm Free; Holy Is Thy Name.

1983 Live In Cincinnati (Discovery Records): Great, Great Morning; More Than A Song; By Calvary; Thank You Lord; I Know A Man Who Can; Meeting In The Air; I'd Rather Have Jesus; Rise Again; God Rides On Wings Of Love.

1985 It's About Time (Discovery Records): It's About Time; We Shall Stand; Ninety And Nine; Walk In The Old Paths; What The World Needs Is Jesus; Blessed Assurance; Go Tell It; I've Never Been This Homesick Before; Wherever I Am; Looking To Jesus.

198? Love Will Roll The Clouds Away (Artists Records): God Will Take Care Of You; How Great Thou Art; More About Jesus; Love Will Roll The Clouds Away; Amazing Grace; Love Lifted Me; I'll Be Somewhere Listening; The Love Of God; I Never Shall Forget The Day; The Savior Is Waiting.
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