Jack Toney first became the lead singer of The Statesmen Quartet after Jake Hess left to form the Imperials in 1963. He would rejoin the Statesmen several other times over the years. Jack sang with several other groups over the years. A few of the other groups that he sang with are: John Hull and the Joymakers; The Prophets; The Dixie Echoes; The Southmen Quartet; Gadsden Ambassadors; Rosie Rozell and the Searchers; and the Masters V.
Jack was a well-known songwriter, writing over 600 songs, such as:
I Will Rise Up From My Grave - Click here to hear the Kingsmen sing this song.
God Must Have Sent Down an Angel - Click here to hear the Statesmen sing this song.
Jesus Is Coming for Me - Click here to hear the Kingsmen sing this song.
Jack had two signature songs that he brought with him to The Statesmen Quartet. They were "Ship Ahoy" and "Beyond the Gates". Here is Jack singing "Beyond the Gates." I could see Hovie Lister (the Statesmen) in the audience, as well as Glenn Payne (of the Cathedrals). I also thought that I saw Roger Bennett (the Cathedrals) and Rosie Rozell (the Statesmen).
Here is The Statesmen Quartet - Rosie Rozell, Jack Toney, Doy Ott, Jim "Big Chief" Wetherington, and Hovie Lister - singing "Ship Ahoy".
Jack passed away 15 April 2004.
Wikipedia - The Statesmen
Find a Grave
Grand Ole Gospel Reunion - Statesmen
Grand Ole Gospel Reunion Jack Toney
Singing News Radio - The Jack Toney Story
Southern Gospel History - Jack Toney
The Complete History of the Dixie Echoes - Jack Toney