Olen Dunn (1921-1993)


Olen L. “Honey” Dunn was a southern gospel quartet bass singer. He was born in Alabama, but his family moved to Arkansas while he was still young. Dunn began singing bass in 1938.

In 1939, Dunn began working for the Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company in Dallas, Texas where he received most of his musical training. By late 1940, he was on the road singing in Stamps-Baxter quartets including the Smile-A-While Quartet based in Macon, Georgia and the Lone Star Quartet in Raleigh, North Carolina.

During World War II, Dunn spent eighteen months in the Pacific theater serving in the U.S. Army. After the war, Dunn joined the Dixie Four in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a steady member of the group until they relocated to Iowa in 1954. Shortly after that, Dunn joined his former Dixie Four manager Gene Lowery and a young Bill Gaither in the short-lived Pathfinders.

From the late 1950s through the early 1960s, Dunn sang with the Stamps Tru-Tone Quartet.

He was featured on numerous Dixie Four Quartet recordings on the Tru-Tone, Gospel, and Dixie Four labels.

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