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
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|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-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|
|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|
|Decca||NA 3432||2/23/1955||A rusty old halo||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 3433||2/23/1955||Higher on the ladder||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9218||10/31/1955||As an eagle stirreth her nest||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9219||10/31/1955||Where no one stands alone||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9234||11/15/1955||The air, the sunshine and the rain||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9235||11/15/1955||You can't run away from God||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9236||11/15/1955||The fourth man||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9237||11/15/1955||Don't be afraid||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9320||4/11/1956||Hear them bells||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9321||4/11/1956||Singin' camp meetin' style||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9322||4/11/1956||Precious memories||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9323||4/11/1956||Just over the hill||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9324||4/11/1956||Trav'lers rest||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9389||5/17/1956||The air, the sunshine and the rain||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9390||5/17/1956||The 4th R (Religion)||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9391||5/17/1956||Somewhere a voice is calling||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9392||5/18/1956||The call of the cross||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9393||5/18/1956||The signs by the side||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9394||5/18/1956||Journey of no return||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9395||5/18/1956||Cathedral of peace||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 9396||5/18/1956||Let me walk, let me talk||Wally Fowler||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fowler, Wally," accessed October 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203363.
Fowler, Wally. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/203363.
"Fowler, Wally." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 October 2022.
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