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T.Thrasher Brothers

Thrasher Brothers (1948-1996)

History

The Thrasher Brothers (Jim Thrasher, Buddy Thrasher, and Joe Thrasher) performed on the Wally Fowler Gospel Sing at the Grand Ole Opry when they were children in 1948. Five years later, they won Ted Mack’s National Talent Show and subsequently toured with Mack’s group for two years. From 1967 to 1976, the Thrasher Brothers produced a television show called America Sings. The gospel classic One Day At A Time was one of their top tunes during this time period. A foray into mainstream pop and country music on the MCA label garnered them a hit song in the early 1980s. From 1981 until 1982 they also sang the theme song for the television show "Simon and Simon."

In 1969, Jim and Joe Thrasher co-founded the Thrasher Brothers motorcoach company in Alabama. After the quartet retired in 1986, Jim became the sole owner while Joe went on to work in the state highway department. Jim has since served as President of the Alabama Motorcoach Association. Joe’s son Neil sang with the Thrasher Brothers and later formed Thrasher Shiver, a country vocal duo act with Kelly Shiver that released a debut recording on the Asylum label in 1996.

In 1996, Ben Speer produced a Thrasher Brothers release on the Homeland label titled Encore. This final recording by the three brothers featured an all-star cast of bass singers including George Younce, J D Sumner, Brock Speer, and Rex Nelon. A 1971 recording of deceased Thrasher Brothers bass singer John Gresham was also incorporated into the project.

Discography


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1968 For Goodness Sake (Anchor Records/80340): After Awhile; Don't Take My Cross Away; The Old Rugged Cross; The Love Of God; The Lord Is Coming By And By; Hymn Medley; Higher Ground; Sinner's Plea; Highway To Heaven; What A Day; Over On The Other Side; Last Mile Of The Way.

1968 Only A Look (Anchor Records/80409): Sho Do Need Him Now; Til I Know; He's All That I Need; How Great Thou Art; Only A Look; I Wanna See Heaven; I Couldn't Keep It To Myself; Sweet Jesus; Close To The Master; Born To Serve The Lord; Pass Me Not; Until Then.

1969 To Each His Own (Anchor Records): He Did It All For Me; Oh When I Meet You; Stand By Me; Cleanse Me, Oh Lord; It Is No Secret; Fill My Cup, Lord; I Feel Like Traveling On; When I Trade This Old Life For A Crown; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; It Don't Mean A Thing.

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1969 Sincerely Yours (Anchor Records/90204): When I Lift Up My Head; At The Cross; Practice What You Preach; Over In The Gloryland; I'll Live In Glory (Trumpet Instrumental); Softly And Tenderly; Glory In The Arms; Without Him; While Endless Ages Roll; Remember Me; I'll Fly Away (Trumpet Instrumental); I Want To Be More Like Jesus (Randy McDaniel, Joe Thrasher, Jim Thrasher, Buddy Thrasher, Ellis "Moose" Hill, Jerry Goff).

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1969 Rid'n High (Canaan Records/CAS-9660): I've Been Changed; I'm Ashamed; I Must Tell Jesus; Just A Little While; Pity The Man; Holding My Savior's Hand; I'm Goin' Home; My America; I Ask The Lord; Love Lifted Me; Gospel Heaven; Meeting In The Air.

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1970 At Fantastic Caverns (Canaan Records/CAS-9677): Daddy Sang Bass; What A Wonderful Day; My America; Jesus Is Coming Soon; Keep On The Firing Line; How Great Thou Art; When We All Get To Heaven; I Just Came To Talk With You, Lord; Our Land; I'm Saved; He Looked Beyond My Fault; Where We Ever Shall Be (Randy McDaniel, Joe Thrasher, Jim Thrasher, Buddy Thrasher, Ellis "Moose" Hill, Jerry Goff).

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1970 Turning It On (Canaan Records/CAS-9674): That's When He Wrote My Name; Holding On; We're Going Home; Walk That Milky White Way; Farther Along; When The Saints Go Marching In; He Really Gotta Hold Of My Heart; Let Me Pray; I Love To Tell; Heartbeat From Calvary; It Won't Be Long; When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder.

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1971 Now Hear This (Canaan Records/CAS-9692): Tear Stains; The Night Before Easter; Why Me; Without God; The Christian Way; When I Get To The End Of The Way; I Know; Sing Me A Song About Jesus; The Old Rugged Cross; Never Again; Take This Whole World; I'll Meet You In The Morning.

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1971 Are Coming Your Way (Canaan Records/CAS-9703): That Day Is Almost Here; I Won't Have To Worry; Every Second, Every Hour; One More River To Cross; A Happy Song To Sing; My Wonderful King; Put Your Hand In The Hand; Oh, What A Happy Day; Following; Who Do I Know In Heaven; I Saw The Light; Just A Little Talk With Jesus.

1972 America Sings (Canaan Records/CAS-9719): The Old Rugged Cross; He Will Go With You; Jesus, There's Just Something About That Name; Joshua; City Of Gold; Through It All; He'll Make It Last; The Heavenly Parade; His Love Will Never Fade Away; Redemption Draweth Nigh; Jesus Hold My Hand; The Pledge.

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1972 Come Alive (Canaan Records/CAS-9728): I Believe In A Hill Called Mt Calvary; The Old Rugged Cross; That Day Is Almost Here; I Won't Have To Worry; Jim Introduces the Group; He Did It All For Me; He Touched Me; Jim; Keep On The Firing Line; Buddy; Heavenly Parade.

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1973 Pick These (Canaan Records/CAS-9735): Why Me, Lord; Someday; Jesus Kind Of Life; I'll Get My Reward; Jesus Hold My Hand; I Want To See Jesus; I Believe He Died For Me; I Am The Man; For God So Loved; Goodbye World, Goodbye; While Endless Ages Roll; Jesus Is Coming.

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1974 One Day At A Time (Canaan Records/CAS-9748): One Day At A Time; When I Wake Up (To Sleep No More); Jesus Got A Lot Of Friends; Hallelujah Square; Welcome Back, Jesus; Walking Up The King's Highway; Everything's Under Control; The Lily Of The Valley Is My Lord; Tower Of Strength; Help Me; The Morning After; Ten Million Years.

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1975 Heart To Heart (Canaan Records/CAS-9770): Praying Hands; Good Old Gospel Singing; Sinners Plea; Jesus Is Mine; I Need A Touch; If It Keeps Gettin' Better; Heart To Heart; Scars In The Hands Of Jesus; Take Me Back To Calvary; I Will Slip Away Home; Preacher Man; Thanks For Sunshine.

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1977 The Spirit Of The Dove (Canaan Records/CAS-9808): Spirit Of The Dove; Let Jesus Lead You; Precious Old Book; I'm Riding The Tide; The Cornerstone; My Soul Is A Witness; Brother Jonah; The More I Sing The Happier I Feel; I Wanna Be Ready; Amazing Grace.

1978 Daybreak (Canaan Records/CAS-9832): Oh, Buddha; Daybreak; Breaker, Breaker, Sweet Jesus; I'm On My Way To Heaven; Jesus Is My Kind Of People; Remember Whose Child You Are; Standing On The Rock Of Ages; I Haven't Learned A Thing; There's Been A Change In Me; Sweet Victory.

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1978 Live (Canaan Records/CAS-9840): Sing The Glory Down; Roses For Mama; Jacob's Ladder; Heaven's Just A Prayer Away; What A Difference You've Made In My Life; One Day At A Time; Sinner's Plea; So Many Years. (Jim Thrasher, Joe Thrasher, Buddy Thrasher, John Gresham)

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