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G.Gold City


Gold City (first publicity photo - 1980)
Back row: Larry Goddard (bass guitar/piano), Ken Trussell (baritone) and David Holloway (steel)
Second row: Tim Riley (bass), John Reinhardt Jr (piano), and Wayne Hussey (drums)
In front: Jerry Ritchie (lead) and Bob Oliver (tenor) (photo submitted by Bob Oliver)

Members

Tenor
Bob Oliver (1980-1982)
Brian Free (1982-1983, 1984-1993)
Benny Blackburn (1983-1984)
Jay Parrack (1994-2004)
Steve Ladd (2004-2009)
Chris Cooper (2009)
Joshua Cobb (2009-2010)
Brent Mitchell (2010-2011)
Dan Keeton (2011-2013)
Robert Fulton (2013-Present)

Lead
Jerry Ritchie (1980-1983); switched to Baritone
Bill Crittendon (1983)
Ivan Parker (1983-1993)
Steve Lacey (1994); switched from Baritone
David Hill (1994-1996)
Jonathan Wilburn (1996-2008)
Bruce Taliaferro (2008-2010)
Craig West (2011)
Jerry Pelfrey (2011-2013)
Chip Pullen (2013-Present)

Baritone
Ken Trussell (1980-1983)
Jerry Ritchie (1983-1985); switched from Lead
Mike LeFevre (1985-1992)
Steve Lacey (1992-1993); switched to Lead
Mark Trammell (1994-2002)
Daniel Riley (2002-Present)

Bass
Dallas Gilliland (1980)
Harold McVey (1980)
Tim Riley (1980-2004, 2006, 2009-Present)
Bill Lawrence (2004-06)
Aaron McCune (2006-2009)

Piano
Larry Goddard (1980); switched to Bass Guitar
John Reinhart Jr (1980-1981)
Garry Jones (1981-1994)
David Brooks (1994-1995)
Shake Jenkins (1995-1996)
Randy Matthews (1996-1997)
Byron Stewart (1997)
Tim Parton (1997-1999)
Channing Eleton (1999-2005)
Josh Simpson (2005-2009)
Roy Webb (2009-2010)
Bryan Elliott (2010-Present)

Other Musicians
David Holloway: Steel Guitar (1980-1981)
Wayne Hussey: Drums (1980-1981)
Cary Kirk: Bass Guitar (1980)
Larry Goddard: Bass Player (1980-1981); switched from Pianist
Jeff Easter: Bass Player (1981-1982)
Jerry Lloyd: Steel Guitar (1981-1984, 1985-1987)
John Noski: Drums (1981-1987)
Ken Bennett: Bass Guitar (1982-1984)
Kelly Black: Guitar (1984-1985)
Darryl LaCroy: Steel Guitar (1984-1985)
Jeff Hullender: Bass Guitar (1984-1988)
Doug Riley: Drums (1989-2005); switched to Sound Engineer (2005-2006)
Barry Scott: Bass Guitar (1989)
Mark Fain: Bass Guitar (1989-1995)
Adam Borden: Bass Guitar (1995-2005)


Gold City (1998)
L-R: Daniel Riley (sound), Jay Parrack (tenor), Adam Borden (bass guitar), Tim Riley (bass), Mark Trammell (baritone), Jonathan Wilburn (lead), Doug Riley (drums), and Tim Parton (piano)

Gold City (date?)
L-R: Lizzy Burt, Felton Burt, Vera Nix Anderson, Floyd Dowdy and Roy Beck (Floyd Beck's father) (photo submitted by Bob Oliver)
The Christianairs adopted the name "Gold City" in 1980, which is where the modern Gold City's history begins. The Gold City of 1980 was operated by a man named Floyd Beck, who did not perform with the group. Some fans are probably aware that the group's relocation to Dahlonega, GA (a city known for its gold mines) was an inspiration for the new name. Most probably don't realize, however, that there was another inspiration. Beck's father, Roy, had been part of a local church group called "Gold City" many years before. This photo is of that group.

Floyd Beck (1981)
Gold City's founder, Floyd Beck at a rodeo/concert in Pensacola, FL (photo submitted by Bob Oliver)

Gold City (1980-Present)

History

The Christianairs were a group based in Mississippi. They changed their name to Gold City at the beginning of 1980. The original members of Gold City were Bob Oliver (tenor), Jerry Ritchie (lead), Ken Trussell (baritone) and Dallas Gilliland (bass). When they began, Floyd Beck was the group owner. After the group relocated to Georgia, Tim Riley replaced Gilliland in the bass position. Harold McVay filled in for approximately three months until Riley joined Gold City in July of 1980.

Gold City quickly rose to prominence. In October 1981, they sang on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention. Garry Jones had just joined the group. The following spring, Brian Free replaced Bob Oliver at the tenor position. Ritchie moved to baritone when Ivan Parker joined to sing lead in early 1983. Free left briefly in the fall of 1983 but returned in the spring of 1984. Group owner, Floyd Beck, died in 1984. The following year, Tim Riley began managing the group, moving their headquarters from Georgia to Alabama. When the group moved, Jerry Ritchie vacated the baritone spot making room for Mike LeFevre to join Gold City. From 1984 to 1993, there were three baritones who sang for Gold City (Ritchie, LeFevre and Steve Lacey), but no changes at tenor, lead, bass and piano. Free, Parker, Riley and Jones made Gold City one of the most stable and talented combinations in the quartet industry. Songs like "In My Robe Of White", “I Think I’ll Read It Again,” "John Saw," “No Other Word For Grace But Amazing,” and “Midnight Cry” were popular during this time. Their last recording together was the critically acclaimed Acapella Gold (1993).

The next consistent lineup for Gold City was Jay Parrack (tenor), Jonathan Wilburn (lead), and Mark Trammell (baritone) along with Tim Riley (bass). These men sang together from 1996 to 2002. It should also be noted that Tim Riley's son Doug began playing drums for Gold City in 1989 and was also a consistent member during this time. Parrack and Trammell followed Free and Parker in 1994 with Steve Lacey moving to lead from baritone. David Hill sang lead on songs like "I'm Not Giving Up" prior to the arrival of Wilburn in 1996. During the 1990s, Gold City developed a trademark style that relied on brass heavy arrangements for their more driving songs and moving lyrics for their inspirational anthems. Trammell left in 2002. Trammell was replaced by Tim Riley's son, Danny.

Jay Parrack left in 2004 after spending a decade at the tenor position, then Tim Riley announced his retirement as well. His sons Doug (drums) and Danny (baritone) managed Gold City on the road. Another significant change for the group occurred in 2005. Gold City had traveled with a band (dubbed the "Band Of Gold") for the bulk of their history, but they scaled back to using just a piano player and accompaniment tracks in 2005.

2006 was a tough year for Gold City. On January 31, 2006, drummer and co-manager Doug Riley was killed in a tragic automobile accident. Bill Lawrence replaced Tim singing bass for a couple of years. After he left, Tim filled in until Aaron McCune was hired to sing bass in 2006.

The twelve-year veteran lead singer Jonathan Wilburn left in 2008. After McCune left in 2009, Tim reclaimed his old job. From the stage, Danny joked that his Mom had begged him to get his Dad out of the house. The next years were marked by a string of changes at the tenor, lead and keyboard positions. By 2012, Gold City members included Dan Keeton (tenor), Jerry Pelfrey (lead), Tim Riley (bass), and Bryan Elliot (piano).

Singing News Charting Number One Songs

“I Think I’ll Read It Again” (April-June, 1984)
“John Saw” (April-July, 1985)
“When I Get Carried Away” (June-September, 1987)
“Midnight Cry” (January-June, 1988)
“Gettin’ Ready To Leave This World” (February 1990)
“One Scarred Hand” (November 1991)
“I’m Not Giving Up” (February 1996)
“In Time, On Time, Every Time” (February 1999)
“He Said” (March-April, 2000)
"Peter, James And John (March 2012)

Awards

Singing News Fan Awards:
Favorite Group (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
Favorite Traditional Male Quartet (2000, 2001, 2003)
Album of the Year (1989 - Movin' Up; 1991 - Windows Of Home; 1993 & 1994 - Pillars Of Faith; 2001 - Are You Ready)
Song of the Year (1987 - When I Get Carried Away; 1988 - Midnight Cry; 1993 - There Rose A Lamb)
Favorite Band (1998, 2000)
Favorite Video (1988 - Moving Up To Gloryland; 1989 - Movin' Up; 1992 - KingsGold with the Kingsmen Quartet)

Discography

Due to the large number of projects recorded by Gold City, the discography section has been divided into separate pages by decade. Please click on one of the links below to access the decade you wish to view.

1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

Videos

Gold City Videos

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