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Glen Payne
Glen Payne
October 15, 1999
Age 72
 
Liver Cancer 
   
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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Gospel singer Glen Payne, the lead vocalist of the  
    Cathedrals, died Friday. He was 72.  

    Payne was diagnosed with liver cancer six weeks ago.  

    During Payne's nearly 60 years in gospel music, his group won numerous awards  
    and was nominated for 11 Grammys.  

    His work was honored by the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame, the  
    Texas Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association's Hall of  
    Fame and the Radio Music Hall of Fame.  

    From 1951 to 1957, Payne sang in the Stamps-Ozark Quartet before leaving to  
    join the Weatherfords.  

    In 1963, Payne formed a trio to perform at evangelist Rex Humbard's Cathedral  
    of Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio. George Younce joined the trio and it changed its  
    name to the Cathedral Quartet.  

    Payne and Younce became constants in the group that would feature 17 other  
    members over the next 35 years on its way to becoming a pre-eminent gospel  
    group. 

    
  Singer remembered for eloquent gospel 

                    Associated Press

                   FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Glen Payne, the smooth-toned lead vocalist of the
                   Cathedrals, died late Friday at his home in Franklin. He was 72.

                   Mr. Payne was diagnosed with liver cancer six weeks ago.

                   "He passed away peacefully without any pain, with his family near him. He
                   spent yesterday singing 'Victory in Jesus,' " Debbie Bennett, a producer
                   and family friend, said in a note to fans posted on the group's Web site.

                   "Glen died with joy in his heart, the same way he lived," Ms. Bennett said.

                   During Mr. Payne's nearly 60 years in gospel music, his group won
                   numerous awards and was nominated for 11 Grammys.

                   His lifetime work was honored by inductions into the Gospel Music
                   Association's Hall of Fame, the Texas Music Hall of Fame, the Southern
                   Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame and the Radio Music Hall of
                   Fame.

                   Born in Royse City, Texas, in 1926, Mr. Payne started his career in 1939
                   as a student at the Stamps School of Music in Dallas.

                   After serving in the Army, he returned to the school to teach and sing in the
                   Frank Stamps Quartet.

                   From 1951 to 1957, Mr. Payne sang in the Stamps-Ozark Quartet before
                   leaving to join the Weatherfords.

                   In 1963, he formed a trio to perform at evangelist Rex Humbard's
                   Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio. After George Younce joined the
                   trio, it changed its name to the Cathedral Quartet.

                   Mr. Payne and Mr. Younce became constants in the group that would
                   feature 17 other members over the next 35 years on its way to becoming
                   one of the pre-eminent Southern gospel groups.

                   Mr. Payne is survived by his wife, Van; one son; two daughters; a brother;
                   a sister; and three grandchildren.

                   Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday at the Franklin First Baptist
                   Church. Burial will follow in Williamson Memorial Gardens.

 
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