Dwight Moody Brock (1907 - 1988)
Dwight Brock joined the original Stamps Quartet in 1927. Mr. Brock had a long and distinguished career in Southern Gospel as a musician, songwriter, and publisher. His sister was Lena "Mom" Speer, matriarch of the Speer Family.
Brock was playing piano in a drugstore when a member of the Frank Stamps Quartet named Otis Echols discovered him. With the endorsement of Echols, Brock became a member of the group. Prior to Brock joining the group, one of the Stamps singers had typically pulled double duty as the accompaniment either on piano or guitar.
Brock’s talent and showmanship elevated the pianist to a more prominent role. He popularized the use of “turnarounds” to showcase the piano between verses. Brock played for various groups within the Stamps organization during the remainder of the 1920s and the following decade. He also worked for the Stamps Baxter Music Company eventually arising to the position of President of the company.
Brock was with the Stamps when they recorded “Give The World A Smile,” a song J. D. Sumner revived years later in the 1960s when he began to manage the group.
Brock also performed with the Vaughan Radio Quartet, the Watchmen, and the Vaughan Quartet.