From the album:
Shipmates of Song
From the back of the record jacket:
The Haven of Rest Quartet and accompanist are known to their many thousands of listeners or “shipmates” as “The Crew of the Good Ship Grace.” Their thirty minute broadcast is heard widely throughout the nation five days a week. It was begun in March, 1934, when Paul Myers, known as “First Mate Bob,” felt God’s call to full-time Christian service after having been converted to Christ from the life of a wandering derelict. He was inspired to use a nautical theme when recalling having heard eight bells of the morning watch from an anchored ship in San Diego Harbor at 4:00 a.m. one February morning in 1934.
Each of the “crew members” is employed full-time along with the many office workers and technicians who handle the varied operations required in the ministry of this unique Gospel endeavor.
KENNETH NELSON, first tenor, who has been singing with the quartet since its inception, is the official accountant of the firm known as “The Crew of the Good Ship Grace, Inc.”
ERNIE PAYNE, bass, who incidentally also is an original member of the quartet, is responsible for the selection of songs heard on the broadcast. He coordinates with Nathanael Olson, staff research editor, to blend the musical themes with the spoken word of First Mate Bob.
The other three men fulfill the responsibilities of the broadcast tapes. Broadcasts are taped on a “master” tape in their studio in Los Angeles. HERMAN HOSIER, second tenor and soloist, carefully listens to each recorded “master” tape and performs the necessary editing.
When Herman finishes the editing of the master tape, DEAN McNICHOLS, organist, places it on the tape duplicating machine and produces as many copies as are needed to supply the many radio stations that beam the broadcast. Dean also practices on the Haven of Rest pipe organ, a three manual, thirteen rank Wurlitzer instrument. Each broadcast features an organ solo, usually a special arrangement of a gospel song or hymn.
LEONARD FOX, baritone, is responsible for preparing broadcast tapes for shipping to the various radio stations. Leonard also is the group’s music arranger. He is largely responsible for the distinctive sound so recognizable to the listeners of the broadcast.
All of the men are active in their individual churches. Some serve on mission boards, direct the choir, lead singing, and perform other tasks “as unto the Lord.” Quite often the group tours various parts of the nation, holding evangelistic services with First Mate Bob bringing the message. Many hundreds of persons have been won to the Lord through the personal testimony and singing of these men. They have held services in churches, auditoriums, factories, baseball stadiums, railroad shops, hospitals, military and naval bases, to name a few of the places open to this unique ministry.
The type of music they try to project is that which may not necessarily entertain, but which will reach the heart and draw men and women to Christ, the Commander of the Good Ship Grace.