The Chuck Wagon Gang’s remarkable story will be celebrated in a new documentary, “America’s Gospel Singers-TheLegacy Lives On” airing on Nashville Public Television on Saturday, November 28th at 7PM (CDT).
The documentary was developed for New Haven Films by Country Music Hall of Fame legend Marty Stuart and filmed by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer. It chronicles the group’s 80-year history through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings and new live performances.
Duane Allen, lead vocalist of The Oak Ridge Boys, has commented on the Chuck Wagon Gang’s influence often, comments…
The Chuck Wagon Gang and their music helped frame my dreams of being in a harmony-singing group. To me, they will always be superstars.”
Watch the First Five Minutes of “America’s Gospel Singers-The Legacy Lives On” here:
The Chuck Wagon Gang’s first audience was made up of fellow farmhands. Their first album was recorded in a rented room at San Antonio’s Gunter Hotel. And yet, The Chuck Wagon Gang, America’s beloved gospel group, went on to sell 40 million records over their eight-decade career.
While most kids weren’t into “church music”, even back then, Merle Haggard knew what he liked. “Well, one of the church groups that I thought was very good was the Chuck Wagon Gang.”
When I was young – four, five, under five years old- there were two types of people, the kind that went to the Bob Wills dances, and they were, you know, taboo, and then there was people that listened to church music, I called it,” Merle Haggard says in the new documentary “The Chuck Wagon Gang: America’s Gospel Singer’s.”
Watch Merle’s interview on The Chuck Wagon Gang here:
Check your local listings for the premiere date in your local area. And here’s a preview of America’s Gospel Singers, a musical documentary you won’t want to miss.
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