During the summer of 1967, in the region around Youngstown, Ohio, three teenagers, Lynn Royce Taylor, David Musselman, and Paul Shisler brought their talents together to sing special songs at Calvary Temple church in Austintown, Ohio. As fall approached, Paul went off to college and Lynn Royce and Dave decided to continue as a duet. Pictured above in a photo from around 1968, David Musselman and Lynn Royce Taylor played their guitars and created their own arrangements of the Gospel Quartet songs they heard and loved. Before long, they were invited to sing at other churches, youth meetings, banquets, rallies, and revival services in their native Ohio and surrounding states.
In 1969, Lynn Deeter joined the duet as a piano player and soon began singing baritone, David continued to sing lead and Lynn Royce sang the tenor. A year later, Lynn Deeter chose to move on and Steve Biffle of Boardman, Ohio joined to sing baritone and play piano. About that same time, Mark Maynard of Ravenna, Ohio had come aboard as a drummer but was found to be a great lead singer. David's voice had begun to deepen so the group moved his part to sing bass and the Chords Quartet was born.
Throughout the '70's many singers and musicians had passed through the group. You may recall such names as Lyn O'Brian, Norman Smith, Pat Brown, Alan Hoffman, Greg Pollard, Rick Heermance, Bill Haynes, Dave Clemons, Tom Pope, Danny Smith, and Danny Royer.
By far the best remembered was David Musselman, bass; Lynn Royce Taylor, lead; Scott Cole, baritone; Tom Fowler, tenor; and both Steve Bowden and Gary Vogel, piano and a fifth vocal harmony. This unique harmony and vocal arrangements make the Chords remembered by friends across the United States.
Early 1969, the Gospel Chords had recorded their first album, "Man of Sorrow." Within months, "Get Happy" was released. After the change from trio to quartet, "All 4" was the next production followed by "God's Great Love." Both of these albums were released on the American Artists label.
Several custom albums followed with favorite hymns, popular gospel hits, and original writings, then in 1975, Don Baldwin from Hymntone Records offered a contract and four more great albums were created, "Put a Little Love, Same Old Fashioned Way, Come Together in the Sky, and The Twelve Days of Christmas." in 1977, QCA Record Company contracted the group with two very contemporary albums, "New Day, and Captain of the Sea." By the end of the decade a total of 16 albums had been released.
In addition to their regular concerts ministering in churches, the Chords did many television appearances, state and county fairs, business conventions, and a variety of venues all over the United States. But with all the success that came their way, the first love was always ministry. It was each man's desire to share the Love of Jesus Christ and the understanding that the Bible is the Word of God, powerful, alive, and relevant for everyday.
The Chords would go off the road in 1979, and all would head in new directions. Some are still in the ministry today and you will be able to read about them as well as maybe even contact them.
TM 2009 - The Gospel Chords - Elizabeth J Harper.