Gospel Great Jake Hess Dies

Funeral services for gospel music great Jake Hess will be held Wednesday (Jan. 7) in Columbus, Ga. Hess, 76, died Sunday (Jan. 4) at an Opelika, Ala., hospital after suffering a heart attack Dec. 16. With a career spanning six decades, Hess came to national prominence as a member of the Statesmen Quartet and founder of Imperials. In recent years, he was involved in the Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Friends series of concerts, CDs and videos. The four-time Grammy winner performed on several of Elvis Presley albums and sang at Presley’s funeral in 1977. Hess also sang at Hank Williams’ funeral in 1953.