The Cathedrals

National Quartet Convention: How sweet the sound . . .

Howard and Vestal Goodman sat for a photo on Sept. 25 during the 41st annual National Quartet Convention at Freedom Hall.

Glen Payne, at left, and George Younce, right, signed copies of their book, The Cathedrals, at the NQC. The Cathedrals were named Favorite Group at the annual awards show the previous evening.

An emotional farewell performance by the revered Speers earned a standing ovation from an audience of some 20,000 fans of Southern gospel music. The original group was founded by the late "Mom " & "Pop " Speer more than 75 years ago.

PHOTOS BY LOIS RAYMER

Howard and Vestal Goodman