The Happy Goodmans Bid Farewell

Southern Gospel favorites The Happy Goodman Family will call it quits this year after completing one last album, concert tour and television special — all under the rubric of “The Final Stand.” The Goodmans announced their departure from the gospel scene Wednesday (April 25) at a press conference in Nashville. Currently made up of Howard and Vestal Goodman and John Minick, the Happy Goodman Family got their start as a gospel act 60 years ago in Alabama. They have performed variously as a duo, trio and quartet and have won two Grammys. Vestal Goodman won the Gospel Music Association’s first Dove Award for female vocalist of the year. She also holds a Dove for best country recorded song for her “Angel Band” duet with George Jones. The album The Final Stand will be released June 12 on Pamplin Entertainment. Negotiations are underway with two networks, a spokeswoman for the Goodmans reports, to air “The Final Stand” concert special, a three-hour show. It will then be released for the home video market. “The Final Stand” concert tour will begin Sept. 15 at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky. Howard and Vestal Goodman will continue to perform individually.