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|Charles "Rusty" Goodman|
|Born||September 2, 1933|
|Origin||South Vinemont, Alabama, United States|
|Died||November 11, 1990(aged 57)|
|Associated acts||The Happy Goodman Family|
Charles F. Goodman (September 2, 1933 – November 11, 1990) better known as Rusty Goodman was a singer/songwriter in the Southern Gospel Music industry that wrote some of history's most prolific songs, such as “Standing in the Presence of the King”, “Leavin' On My Mind”, “Home”, “John the Revelator”, “Standing in the Need of Prayer”, “Had it Not Been” “I Believe He's Coming Back” “Look for Me” and “Who Am I?” His songs have been covered by many of the top artists in the music industry including Elvis Presley, The Imperials, JD Sumner & The Stamps, The Speers, The Happy Goodman Family, Michael English and Gaither Vocal Band.
Goodman performed with The Plainsmen Quartet but he is better known with his family group, The Happy Goodman Family, where he sang along with his brothers Howard, Sam, Bobby and his sister-in-law Vestal Goodman. He is also the father of Tanya Goodman Sykes, singer/songwriter and former member of The Goodmans and Heirloom.
He frequently performed both as a soloist and with his own group, "The Goodmans" on the popular Southern Gospel television series "Sing Out America". In 1987, he joined host Bill Traylor and Kelly Nelon Thompson as the co-host of the series until his death. Rusty Goodman died of cancer on November 11, 1990. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1993 and then inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
Awards and honors
- 1971 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Male Singer
- 1972 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Male Singer
- 1972 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Baritone Singer
- 1980 GMA Dove Award Rusty Goodman - You Make It Rain For Me (Cover Photo or Cover Art)
- 1993 GMA Hall of Fame
- 1997 SGMA Hall of Fame
- Rusty Goodman Album Cover Credits and Liner notes
- SGHistory.com page on Rusty Goodman Biography, History, Awards and Discography
- ASCAP Data Base list of Charles F Goodman Songs
- ASCAP Listing of artists who recorded the song "Who Am I"
- GMA Hall of Fame Year of 1993, lists Charles "Rusty" Goodman
- GMA Dove Awards - listed under Rusty Goodman
- SGMA Hall of Fame page about Rusty Goodman
- Resource Publications, "The Christian Music Directories" formerly "The Recording Locator"
- Goodman Ministries Official Website
- Happy Goodmans History and Discography with Art Work
- Canaan Records Discography
- Amazon listing about "Rusty Goodman - To The Homeland"
- Amazon listing on "Rusty Goodman - To Be Honest With You"
- New Haven Records Official Info on "Rusty Goodman - The Essential Collection"
He did the bass singing part on the original North To Alaska, which was recorded by Johnny Horton.
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