Group Members

(Partial List)

Jean Shelton (198?-198?)

Coy Cook (1970-1973)
Paul Adkins (1973)
Bill Shaw (1974)
George Shelton (1974-1975)
Tim Shelby (1975-????)
Ed Sprouse (????-????)

Mack Evans (1970-????)
Don Burris (????-????)
Gary Timbs (????-1974)
Marvin Logan (1974)
Mark Trammell (1974-1976)
Jim Hamill (1976-1977)
Rick Fair (1980-1981)

Dave Rowland (1970-????)
Bill Dykes (????-????)
Ray Shelton (????-????)

Calvin Runion (1970-1973)
Rick Fair (1973-1980)
London Parris (1980-1984)

Nick Bruno (1970-????)
Ralph Jarman (????-????)
Jean Shelton (????-????)
Terry Johnson (????-????)
Vaughn Thacker (????-????)

M B Lowery (????-????)

Bass Guitar
Tony Buttler (????-????)
Wayne Fair (????-????)
Mark Trammell (1974-1976)
James Vice (????-????)

Bill Cook (????-????)
Jerry Washington (????-????)

Senators (AKA Coy Cook & The Senators) (1970-????)


Coy Cook formed the Senators in 1970. They were based out of Pensacola, Florida and were initially billed as Coy Cook & The Senators. Original members announced in the September 1970 issue of Singing News included Cook (tenor), Mack Evans (lead), and Dave Rowland (baritone). They were soon joined by Calvin Runion (bass).

Eventually the group was sold to J G Whitfield and Cook retired. The group was known simply as the Senators after being sold. Whitfield subsequently sold the group name to Ray Shelton of Memphis, Tennessee. Shelton's group which had been previously known as The Gospel Sounds adopted the Senators name. During their Memphis years, several established names including Bill Shaw, Jim Hamill and London Parris sang with the group. Hamill would return to the Kingsmen after a year or so. Mark Trammell got his start with the Senators before moving on to the Kingsmen.


1970 This Is Our Land (Skylite Records/SLP-6105): This Is Our Land; Amazing Grace; I Know; Beyond; Put Your Hand In The Hand; Newborn Feeling; I'll Meet You In The Morning; Who Do I Know; Wait Upon The Lord; The Family Of God (Coy Cook, Mack Evans, Dave Rowland, Calvin Runion, Nick Bruno).

1971 Gospel Dynamite (Skylite Records/SLP-6111): Let Me Live; The Lighthouse; The Harder The Battle; One More Mountain; Iíll Have A New Life; Turn Your Radio On; Yesterday; That Day Is Almost Here; The Unseen Hand; Heaven.

1971 Movin' Up (Mark Five Records/MV4560): I'm On The Right Road Now; If God Is Dead; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; It Won't Be Long; The Farmer And The Lord; Daddy Sang Bass; The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference; I'm Free; When He Set Me Free; Build My Mansion Next Door To Jesus (Coy Cook, Mack Evans, Dave Rowland, Calvin Runion, Nick Bruno).

1972 The Old Time Religion (Sen Co/723160): Let It Fall On Me; The Old Time Religion; Redemption Draweth Nigh; He Did It All For Me; Hide Thou Me; Jesus Walked All The Way; The Blood; Land Where Living Waters Flow; He Will Provide; Pass Me Not (Coy Cook, Don Burris, Bill Dykes, Calvin Runion, Ralph Jarman, Bill Cook, M.B. Lowery).

1973 Keep On Singing (Gospel Sound/ES-108): Keep On Singing; The Lighthouse; Lead Me To That Rock; He Will Never Let Me Down; The Unseen Hand; How Great Thou Art; Through It All; I'll Have A New Life; He Touched Me; First Day In Heaven; Reach Out To Jesus; I'm Gonna Fly (Paul Adkins, Marvin Logan, Ray Shelton, Rick Fair, Jean Shelton, Wayne Fair, Jerry Washington) (This album was initially released by The Gospel Sound. After Ray Shelton obtained the Senators' name from J G Whitfield, stickers were place over the original album cover to reflect the name change.)

1973 Happy World (Custom Records/4386).

1974 Where Could I Go (CAM Records/CAM-1448): Where Could I Go; I'll Fly Away; Who Is That Building A Boat; Let's All Get Together With The Lord; He'll Go With You: Let's All Go Down To The River; Walking The Sea; When I Wake Up To Sleep No More; Put Your Hand In The Hand; King Jesus (Bill Shaw, Marvin Logan, Ray Shelton, Rick Fair, Terry Johnson).

1974 Sing Gospel (CAM Records/19658): Jesus Is Mine; My Soul Shall Live On; Touring That City; Wrapped Up (Tied Up); Home Sweet Home; What A Lovely Name; I'm Depending On Jesus; Jesus Is The Man; What A Time (Over There); I'll Meet You In The Morning; Holy Ghost (That Jesus Is Giving Away); One Day At A Time (George Shelton, Rick Fair, Ray Shelton, Gary Timbs, James Vice, Forney McAffe).

1976 Stand By Me - The Senators With Big Jim Hamill (Supreme Records/SS-33017): Stand By Me; Lord You Can; Daddy How Do You Spell Love; When The Sun Of My Life Goes Down; I'll Take Jesus; Singing In The Choir; It Made News In Heaven; Zion's Hill; I Won't Walk Without Jesus; I Made A Covenant (Mark Trammell, Rick Fair, Jim Hamill, Ray Shelton, James Vice, Tim Shelby, Terry Johnson).

1980 He Loved Me (Supreme Records/SS-33035): He Loved Me; I Am; The Eastern Gate; Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me; Jesus Is The One; Don't Ask Me To Apologize; Let The Lower Lights Be Burning; Standing By The River; There's Gonna Be A Gathering (Jean Shelton, Ray Shelton, Vaughn Thacker, Rick Fair, London Parris).

1984 Shoutin' Ground (Morada Records/MZS 246): Shoutin' Ground; Oh Lord, Help Me To Stand; Satisfied; When The Redeemed; Just Can't Make It By Myself; In The Midst Of The Storm; Praise The Lord; No Disappointments In Heaven; A Land Called Heaven; John Saw (Ed Sprouse, Tim Shelby, Ray Shelton, London Parris, Jean Shelton).
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