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Robbie, Don, and Mack: Listen to the Hammer Ring

The Old Time Gospel Hour Trio (Robbie Hiner, Don Norman, and Mack Evans) was a Southern Gospel trio that shared stage time with Jerry Falwell in the late Seventies and early-to-mid Eighties. The above “video” is a poorly-produced clip of a rip of a track from one of their albums with some stills of cover art, etc. It’s hard to believe now, but when Jerry Falwell was at the height of his power items like a OTGH Trio album contributed substantially to creating and sustaining his mailing list. These albums would have gone out as mailings to first-time and faithful contributors.

Hiner was a mainstay of the ministry from the LBC Chorale days until recently and was briefly a member of the Gaither Vocal Band. Norman left (allegedly under a cloud) in the late Eighties or early Nineties; I have no idea what become of him. I have absolutely no idea what became of Mack Evans; he was a Southern Gospel utility man of sorts and contributed to several quartets, and he left almost no trail on the Web. He is evidently dead, but I don’t know where or when.

This is a tough way to make a living, and I appreciate the work these gentlemen did for the ministry over the years. I believe they produced a bunch of albums (as did Hiner and Norman, solo and in various groups; so did Doug Oldham and Kendra Cook), but they’re really hard to find, even online. I don’t know if it was understood at the time that what they were doing was necessarily disposable, or if the people they were marketing to just didn’t leave a trace. Robbie Hiner produced albums fairly regularly from about 1975 to about 2005, but if there’s even an approximation of a complete discography online I haven’t found it.

  1. March 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I also am doing research on recording, and obtaining digital media files (like mp3’s) I tried both liberty Universtiy who immediately said that they had absolutly NO chance of having any of that material and to try Thomas Rhodes Church. Contacted TRBC and still no joy – no recordings avilable.

    Double Oldham probaly available- haven’t checked him yet.

    • March 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      I don’t know if I’m surprised to hear that or not. I would imagine that the contracts under which these were recorded didn’t anticipate compact discs, much less digital downloads, so there may be no legal provision for reissuing them.

  2. August 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Mack Evans was an awesome man. One of the few singers who traveled to churches across America asking only for a love offering.
    he went home to be with the Lord on May 29, 1994

  3. February 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Used to listen to Mack Evans in ST Pete fl where I got saved also heard joe Lewis of Cinn OH preach he was a business man and came and preached at Liberty Bap in st Pete fla, I didn’t Mack died in 1994, will see him in glory, bill of asheville NC

  4. August 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Mack was my friend and the reason why I entered song evangelism. I sing many of his songs to this day.

  5. October 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    See where Don Norman went in 1994

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