Notable Nashville Gospel Personality Passes

J. Harold Lane

Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member J. Harold Lane died last week in Nashville at age 82.

His funeral was held Monday (6/13), and he was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Lane initially rose to prominence as a founder of the Gospel Harmony Boys. He is best known as a performer for his 22 years as the tenor vocalist in The Speer Family.

He wrote more than 50 songs, including the popular “I’m Standing on the Solid Rock” and “Touring That City.” He arranged songs for such prominent gospel stars as The Florida Boys, The Singing Rambos, Jake Hess, The LeFevres and Bill Gaither.

Lane also arranged and edited six books of orchestral accompaniment to congregational singing. He taught music at such gospel institutions as The Stamps-Baxter School of Music and the Ben Speer School of Music.

J. Harold Lane died on June 6. He is survived by his children Jerry Harold Lane, Rebecca Faye Linder and Judith Lane Huff, as well as by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would appreciate contributions in his name to the Ben Speer/Stamps-Baxter School of Music Scholarship Fund.

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