John Wallace "Wally" Fowler (February 15, 1917 – June 3, 1994) was an American Southern gospel music singer, manager, and music promoter and businessman. He founded the Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became the Oak Ridge Boys; and popularized all-night gospel sings. An accomplished songwriter in both the country music and gospel fields, Fowler's composition "Wasted Years" became a gospel music standard. He was known as The Man with a Million Friends and Mr. Gospel Music.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 15, 1917 (Georgia), Died June 3, 1994
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter, composer, lyricist, arranger
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||D4AB-0517||10-in.||12/4/1944||Mother's prayer||Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys||Male vocal solo, with string band||composer|
|Victor||D4AB-0518||10-in.||12/4/1944||Mommy, please stay home with me||Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys||Male vocal solo, with string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D5AB-0496||10-in.||7/9/1945||You must walk the line||Eddy Arnold ; Tennessee Plowboys||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||D5AB-1220||10-in.||11/21/1945||I couldn't believe it was true||Eddy Arnold||Male vocal solo, with string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-1873||10-in.||3/20/1946||That's how much I love you||Eddy Arnold||Male vocal solo, with string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-2965||10-in.||9/30/1946||Have you seen my daddy here?||Blue Sky Boys||Male vocal duet, with violin, mandolin, and guitar||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-0506||10-in.||4/21/1947||Texas red||Riders of the Rio Grande ; Johnny Tyler||Male vocal solo, with string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1321||10-in.||8/11/1947||City of Memphis||Riders of the Rio Grande ; Johnny Tyler||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||D9VB-0817||10-in.||1/31/1949||Paper boy||Blue Sky Boys||Male vocal duet, with string band||songwriter|
|Columbia||CCO4890||10-in.||11/3/1947||Mountain maw||Bob Atcher||String band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||CO38448||10-in.||11/29/1947||Keep on the firing line||The Speer Family||Mixed vocal group, with piano||arranger|
|Columbia||CO38452||10-in.||11/29/1947||When the chariot swings||The Speer Family||Mixed vocal group, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||CO38454||10-in.||11/28/1947||A new born soul||The Speer Family||Mixed vocal group, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||CO38457||10-in.||11/29/1947||This world has turned me down||The Speer Family||Mixed vocal group, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||CO38701||10-in.||12/22/1947||That will be a happy meeting||Deacon Utley and the Smile A While Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||CO38727||10-in.||12/1/1947||Jesus is mine||Deacon Utley and the Smile A While Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||CO38732||10-in.||12/1/1947||There's a haven for my soul||Deacon Utley and the Smile A While Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||CO38743||10-in.||12/24/1947||You will understand it sinner||Daniel Family Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||CO38745||10-in.||12/24/1947||Good news||Daniel Family Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||CO38748||10-in.||12/24/1947||It will glory all the time||Daniel Family Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||CO38749||10-in.||12/24/1947||You must have that pure religion||Daniel Family Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||CO38752||10-in.||12/24/1947||You must come in at the door||Daniel Family Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||CO38762||10-in.||12/28/1947||May the circle be complete||The Johnson Family Singers||Mixed vocal group, with piano||songwriter|
|Decca||NA 3430||2/23/1955||Down in the valley of prayer||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 3431||2/23/1955||In the middle of the night||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fowler, Wally," accessed December 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203363.
Fowler, Wally. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203363.
"Fowler, Wally." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 December 2023.
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