Hovie Lister was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on 17 September 1926. He learned to play the piano as a child and accompanied his father and uncles and various other singing groups throughout his early years.
In 1948, Hovie started The Statesmen Quartet. He played piano but also sang with them on occasion. The Statesmen Quartet was active from 1948 until they permanently disbanded in 2001.
Hovie is what I call a "boogie boy". He didn't just sit at the piano and play it calmly. He was a wild child, sometimes almost manic looking, as he played. Who could sit calmly by as he played like that? Not me!
He was also a Baptist minister. I don't know about how it goes in your Baptist churches, but if Hovie's services went anything like his piano playing, I can't imagine anybody falling asleep during them!
Hovie was a veteran of the Korean War and died of Lymphoblastic Leukemia on 28 December 2001.
Here is one of the few videos that we've seen where Hovie performs as a singer with the group instead of playing the piano. I am assuming that Doy Ott is playing the piano for this one as Hovie is singing in Doy's usual position.
The Old Landmark
Find a Grave
Wikipedia - The Statesmen Quartet