Group Members


Emmitt Spears (1968-????)
Ken Burnette (????-????)
Buddy Bates (????-????)

Art Sears (1968-????)
Richard Brown (????-????)
Doug Spears (????-present) (also sang baritone)

Doug Spears (????-????) (also sang lead)
Douglas Sharp (????-present)

Vernon McFarland (1970-1971)
Glen Steely (1968-1970; 1972-present)

Bill Hettinger (1968-????)
Red Solomon (????-????)

Bass Guitar
Dave Burnett (????-????)

The Crownsmen Quartet (1968-present)


Several Southern Gospel groups have used the Crownsmen name over the years. This particular Crownsmen Quartet is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Crownsmen Quartet was organized in April of 1968 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founding members included Emmitt Spears (Tenor), Art Sears (Lead), Doug Sharp (Baritone), Glen Steely (Bass), and Bill Hettinger (Pianist). They made their first recording later that same year.



1973 Comin' On Strong (Vibrant Records): When God Dipped His Love In My Heart; The Best Is Yet To Come; The Unseen Hand; How Great Thou Art; He'll Soon Be Here; The Eastern Gate; I've Got That Old Time Religion In My Heart; Jesus Will Outshine Them All; Tears Are A Language; Wonderful Day.

???? The Good Old Days (Vibrant Records): I'm Saved; In The Good Old Days; Look For Me At Jesus' Feet; Country Boy; The End Of Time Is Near; Blessed Assurance; What A Time; When He Reached Down His Hand; Hallelujah Square; On The Way Home.

???? The Crownsmen Quartet: He Cared That Much For Me; My Jesus Died For Me; Oh What A Savior; Jesus; I Wanna Know; Beyond The Gates; Sweeter Gets The Journey; Known Only To Him; Remind Me Dear Lord; When I Lift Up My Head; Lights Of Home; Had It Not Been.

???? Straight Gospel: Beyond The Sun; Learning To Lean; I'm So Glad He Found Me; He's Done A Real Good Job; Lord Don't Move That Mountain; Will You Meet Me Over Yonder; I Won't Walk Without Jesus; How Long Has It Been; When The Redeemed Shall Gather Home; He Never Gave Up On Me; Jesus Is Mine.

???? Servants Of The King

???? Just In Time

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