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Charles F "Rusty" Goodman (September 2, 1933 - November 11, 1990)

Sometimes credited as Charles Goodman


Rusty Goodman was born Vinemont, Alabama into a family of seven children. He learned to sing and play the guitar at a very young age and was an accomplished artist on the steel guitar at the age of fourteen. He began singing with his family at age 16 and continued to do so until he entered the U.S. Army in 1955.

After his military duty he spent time in the country music business singing with the popular Martha Carson group and, in 1959, he joined the Plainsmen Quartet as a bass singer. By the early 1960s, Rusty had returned to sing again as a member of the Happy Goodmans alongside his brothers Howard Goodman, Sam Goodman and Howard's wife Vestal Goodman.

Rusty also travelled with Govenor Jimmie Davis until 1962. He later moved to Gallatin, Tennessee where he and his wife Billie had their home until his death in November of 1990. He also composed many Southern Gospel songs over the years.

Rusty won several Singing News Fan Awards in the early 1970s and was inducted into both the GMA Hall Of Fame and the SGMA Hall Of Fame. His daughter is Southern Gospel artist and songwriter Tanya Goodman Sykes.

Rusty is buried in Bible Church of God Cemetery in Burnwell, Walker County, Alabama.


GMA Hall Of Fame (1993)
SGMA Hall Of Fame (1997)

Singing News Fan Awards
Favorite Male Singer (1971, 1972)
Favorite Baritone Singer (1972)

Solo Discography

1975 Singer (Canaan Records/CAS-9781): Small Lonely Hill; Prescription For Salvation; Because Of Calvary; Someone To Care; Lead Me To The Jordan; Let Your Fingers Do The Walking; Gloryland; Lord I Want You To Touch Me; Who At My Door Is Standing; Just As Long (Re-issued in 1998 on Homeland Records called Canaan's Classic: The Singer with an extra song called The Singer).

1978 You Make It Rain For Me (Canaan Records/CAS-9848): Remember Me; You Make It Rain For Me; You Changed My Life; My New Song; He Wrote Love Letters; Goin' Up Yonder; Leavin' On My Mind; I Have; I Wasn't There; All That I Can Do.

1981 Escape To The Light (Canaan Records/CAS-9864): Jesus Knows All About It: Heartmender; Paradise; Only For His Eyes; I Escaped To The Light; All I Ever Have To Be; Hold On; The Woodsman; I Am; Wrapped Up.

1984 Family Band (Canaan Records/CAS-9916/SPCN-7-01-99613-9): Family Band; He Loves You; Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive; Spend A Little Time With Him; How Much More (duet with Larry Gatlin); Heartbeat; The Mystery Of It All; Without A Song; Written In Red; Mizpah.

1985 Hits (Canaan Records/CAS-9948): Jesus Knows All About It; You Make It Rain For Me; I Wasn't There; The Woodsman; How Much More; Leavin' On My Mind; Goin' Up Yonder; Heartmender; Small Lonely Hill; All I Ever Have To Be.

1987/8 To Be Honest With You (Benson Records): It's A Miracle; Heaven Fell Like Rain (duet with Tanya Goodman-Sykes); The Prodigal Son; Who Am I; I'm Takin' Back What The Devil Stole From Me; I've Never Seen A Rainbow; I Give You Jesus; Through The Blood Of Jesus; I Talked To Him Today. (Reissued in 1988 on the Homeland Records label as To The Homeland with the addition of one song also titled "To The Homeland").

hi-res (alternate cover)
2005 The Essential Collection (New Haven Records): Who Am I; All I Ever Have To Be; The Woodsman; Leavin' On My Mind; Jesus Knows All About It; Someone To Care; I Wasn't There; I Am; You Make It Rain For Me; How Much More; Family Band; Because Of Calvary; Mizpah (The Lord Watch Between Me And Thee, When We Are Absent One ...) (Compiles performances from earlier Canaan masters).

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

A Love Of My Own
Come A Little Closer To The Lord
Don't Let Me See
Goodman Family Story
Had It Not Been
Handshakes And Smiles
Headin' Home
How Much More
I Believe He's Coming Back
I Don't Regret A Mile
I Wasn't There
I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now
I'll Be Alright
I'm Gonna Go Higher
I'm Persuaded To Believe
In The Arms Of My Best Friend
It'll All Be Over But The Shouting
It's A Wonderful Feeling
It's Over Now
John The Revelator
Leaving On My Mind
Longing To Go
Look For Me
Most Of All
Only For His Eyes
Small Lonely Hill
Standing In The Presence Of The King
The Potter
Touch The Hand Of The Lord
Until You've Known The Love Of God
Wait'll You See My Brand New Home
Who Am I

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