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Lee Roy Abernathy

  • Birth 13 Aug 1913 Atco, Bartow County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 25 May 1993 Canton, Cherokee County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Canton, Cherokee County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 8291693

Gospel Singer, Songwriter. He is considered by many consider to be one of Gospel music's greatest piano players. While giving vocal and piano lessons out of his music store, he and his wife Louise began the first "mail-order piano courses," which taught thousands throughout the world. He trained several performers who credit him for their success in the Gospel music field. He achieved great success on his own by writing some of the genre's most well known songs, including "Everybody's Going to Have a Wonderful Time Up There (aka 'Gospel Boogie')," "Moving Up To Gloryland," and "He's a Personal Savior." In the 1950s, he ran unsuccessfully for Georgia Governor. His music honors include being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (1978), the Southern Music Hall of Fame (1983), and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (1989). In 1984, he received the Pioneer Award, the high honor given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Each year, his hometown of Canton, Georgia, holds its "Annual Memorial Lee Roy Abernathy Singing."

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  • Originally Created by: Evening Blues
  • Added: 18 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8291693
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lee Roy Abernathy (13 Aug 1913–25 May 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8291693, citing Cherokee Memorial Park, Canton, Cherokee County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .