So, what is My Kind Of Gospel?

An exploration of uptempo gospel music : 1945-1965

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How about some G. M. Farley

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Here is a song that is a gospel standard. Written by the Gospel Ranger himself, Brother Claude Ely (who will see some posting on this blog you can be sure), and recorded for King records in the early 50's. I like this song by just about anyone, but really enjoy what G.M. Farley and the Foggy River Boys bring to the table. This is a Crown Records LP cheapy release, but that only dims the sonics, not the passion nor the power. From what I gather, this record would have been released in 1963 or so. I feel like I should know more about Mr. Farley, but I really don't. I do have other records of his on the Rural Rhythm label. Where was he was based and what years did he perform, I really don't know? Guess it is time to try and find out.

Artist: G.M. Farley and the Foggy River Boys
Title: Country Gospel
Label: Crown Records CST 344
Song: There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
Year: 1963


  1. Hey James, did you ever discover more about G.M. Farley? He seems like a kind of mysterious figure--we don't even know what the G and M stand for!

  2. Hi, I'm G M Farleys daughter, Kathy Farley Reed, dad was born in southern West Virginia in 1927 and passed away Nov 1992 in Maryland. The G stood for George and he hated his middle name so much that he wouldn't even tell us kids ( we did find out, but I'm not telling) he was a evangelist/pastor, writer, singer, artist and world renowned authority on Zane Grey. He considered "Ain't No Grave" how his signature song. If you would like more information please contact me at I just set this up so I could leave this information for you.