Brumley Music History

1905 – Albert E. Brumley

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Albert E. Brumley was born near Spiro, OK. Two years before Oklahoma was gained statehood.

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1922 – Hartford Music Institute

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Albert walked 28 miles from his parents home to the Hartford Music Institute in Hartford, AR with dreams of learning how to write music with his mentor E.M. Bartlett. Albert graduated from the Hartford Music Institute.

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1927 – Albert works for E.M. Bartlett

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Albert works for the E.M. Bartlett at the Hartford Music Institute making songbooks and teaching in the traveling Singing School. It’s at one of his traveling Singing School sessions that he meets Goldie Schell in Powell, MO.

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1927 – Albert publishes his first song

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Albert publishes his first song titled “I Can Hear Them Singing Over There”

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1929 – Albert returns to Rock Island, OK

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Albert returns to Rock Island, OK to help his family on the farm where they were sharecroppers planting and picking cotton. It’s on that farm where the inspiration for “I’ll Fly Away” comes from.

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1931 – Albert marries Goldie Schell

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Albert marries Goldie Schell and moves to Powell, MO after years of writing love letters back and forth.

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1932 – “I’ll Fly Away” is published

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“I’ll Fly Away” is published by the Hartford Music Company in their songbook “The Wonderful Message”

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1932 – Albert and Goldie welcomed their first son

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Albert and Goldie welcomed their first son, William Jocephus Brumley. “Jesus Hold My Hand” is published in the Hartford Music Company book titled “Gems Of Gladness”.

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1933 – Albert and Goldie welcomed their second son

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Albert and Goldie welcomed their second son, Albert Edward Brumley Jr.

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1935 – Albert and Goldie welcomed their third son

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Albert and Goldie welcomed their third son, Thomas Rexton Brumley. “I’ll Meet You In The Morning” was published in the Hartford Music Company book titled “Lights of Life”. Albert E. Brumley signs on to become a staff songwriter for the Stamps-Baxter Music Company. Albert is to write 12 songs per year and is compensated with a $12.50 per month salary.

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1937 – Albert and Goldie welcomed their fourth son

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Albert and Goldie welcomed their forth son, Robert Bartlett Brumley (Bob). Albert E. Brumley & Family move to Harrison, AR and works for the Bartlett Music Company. Under the Bartlett Music Company, Albert publishes “Albert E. Brumley’s Book of Radio Favorites”. The printing of the book is contracted to the Stamps-Baxter Company in Fort Worth, TX.

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1938 – “Turn Your Radio On”

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“Turn Your Radio On” is published in the Stamps-Baxter Music Company book titled “Guiding Star”

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1939 – Albert and Goldie welcomed their fifth son

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Albert and Goldie welcomed their fifth son, Jackson Stamps Brumley

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1940 – “I’ll Fly Away”

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First known recording of “I’ll Fly Away” by the Selah Jubilee Singers

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1941 – Albert and Goldie welcomed their sixth child

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Albert and Goldie welcomed their sixth and final child, daughter Betty Belle Brumley

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1944 – Albert E. Brumley & Sons Music

Albert E. Brumley & Sons Music was formed by Albert to take control of his own publishing and book printing. Albert E. Brumley & Sons becomes a member of SESAC.

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1948 – Custom books

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Albert E. Brumley & Sons begins to manufacture custom books for Rex Humbard, Rennfro Valley and other major players in the music industry.

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1948 – Albert E. Brumley & Sons begins purchasing pieces of the Hartford Music Company

Albert E. Brumley & Sons begins purchasing pieces of the Hartford Music Company from the heirs of E.M. Bartlett to regain control of his songs written for Hartford.

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1949 – The Chuck Wagon Gang

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The Chuck Wagon Gang releases “I’ll Fly Away” on their Fort Worth, TX radio program. That recording goes on to sell over 1 million copies. (Pre RIAA recognition. Would now be considered a Platinum Album)

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1951 – Albert E Brumley & Sons merges with Hartford Music Company

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Completes the final payments to the heirs of E.M. Bartlett and Albert E. Brumley & Sons is 100% owner of the Hartford Music Company including his song “I’ll Fly Away”

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1952 – Radio Favorites

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330,000 copies of Albert E. Brumley’s Book of Radio Favorites were sold according to Billboard Magazine.

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1956 – The Kossoy Sisters

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The Kossoy Sisters recorded “I’ll Fly Away”

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1957 – Jimmie Davis

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Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis invites Albert to his home in Baton Rouge.

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1960 – Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley records “If We Never Meet Again” on his “His Hand In Mind”album that eventually goes platinum.

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1961 – Carolyn Hester

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Carolyn Hester records “I’ll Fly Away” with Bob Dylan playing harmonica in his first ever professional recording.

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1966 – Boston Pops Orchestra

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The Boston Pops Orchestra records “I’ll Fly Away”

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1969 – Brumley Gospel Sing

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1970 – Albert inducted into the NSAI Hall of Fame.

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Albert inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame.(Charter Member)

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1970 – Songs of the Pioneers

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Albert E. Brumley & Sons releases “Songs of the Pioneers” Volume 1. This book was named as the number #1 selling folk songbook in America by Billboard Magazine selling 995,000 copies in its first year.

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1972 – Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

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Albert E. Brumley inducted into Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.

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1974 – Second GRAMMY® nomination

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“I’ll Fly Away” second Grammy Nomination for Best Country & Western Instrumental Performance category by Danny David and the Nashville Brass.

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1975 Bill & Bob purchase Albert E Brumley & Sons from Albert.

1975 Bill & Bob purchase Albert E Brumley & Sons from Albert.

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1975 – Albert E. Brumley Appreciation Day

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Inaugural Albert E. Brumley Appreciation Day held in Albert’s hometown of Spiro, OK.

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1976 – Most Recorded Gospel Song in History

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“I’ll Fly Away” named “Most Recorded Gospel Song in History” by SESAC. Albert E. Brumley named in Maquis Who’s Who in America.

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1977 – Albert E. Brumley passes away

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November 15, Albert E. Brumley passes away due to an abdominal aneurysm. “I’ll Fly Away” is featured on “The Waltons” television program for a second time.

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1979 – Brumley family meets President Carter

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Brumley Family invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter. Albert E. Brumley named to Maquis Who’s Who in the World. “I’ll Fly Away”featured on the television program “CBS Sunday Morning”

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1979 – Dolly & Carol

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“I’ll Fly Away” featured on television program “Dolly & Carol in Nashville” staring Dolly Parton & Carol Burnett.

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1981 – This Is Elvis

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“I’ll Fly Away” featured in the motion picture “This Is Elvis”.

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1983 – The Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian names Albert E. Brumley “The Greatest White Gospel Songwriter Before World War II”

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1986 Bob buys out Bill

1986 Bob Brumley purchases his brother Bill’s shares in the company and becomes the sole owner of Albert E. Brumley & Son’s Music.

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1986 – SESAC Hall of Fame

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“I’ll Fly Away” inducted into the SESAC Hall of Fame. Albert E. Brumley inducted into the Ozark Hall of Fame. Albert E. Brumley honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with their Distinguished Achievement Award (Charter Member)

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1987 – Albert E. Brumley Memorial Parkway

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Missouri Highway E running 13 miles from Pea Ridge, AR to Missouri Highway 76 near Rocky Comfort renamed Albert E. Brumley Memorial Parkway.

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1991 – “I’ll Fly Away” the television series

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“I’ll Fly Away” the television series is named after Albert E. Brumley’s song “I’ll Fly Away” wins 2 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 1 Peabody Award, 2 NAACP image awards and earns 23 Emmy Nominations.

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1992 – TV Awards

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“I’ll Fly Away” wins 2 Emmy Awards

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1992 – Brumley Music wins two GRAMMY® awards

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Albert E. Brumley first two Grammy Wins. “I’ll Fly Away” featured on Sounds of Blackness Album wins “Best Gospel or Choir or Chorus Album”. “I’ll Meet You In The Morning” featured on Gaither Vocal Bands Album wins “Best Southern Gospel Album”

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1993 – Brumley Gospel Sing

25th Anniversary of the Albert E. Brumley Sundown to Sunup Gospel Sing is filmed for television production and is sold in a 5 VHS Tape Collection.

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1993- TV Awards

tran_emmy_lg“I’ll Fly Away”  wins 2 Golden Globes and 1 Emmy Awards wins.

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1995 – Crystal Gayle

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Crystal Gayle records “I’ll Fly Away” on her album “Someday”

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1997 – Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin records “I’ll Fly Away” and it’s chosen to be included on the Princess Diana Tribute Album. Albert E. Brumley inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.

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1998 – Brumley Music wins third GRAMMY®

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“I’ll Fly Away” wins 3rd Grammy in Best Rap Album category as a part of Puff Daddy’s (Now P Diddy) “No Way Out” Album. Puff Daddy’s album goes 7 times Platinum. Actor/Director Robert Duval personally chooses “I’ll Fly Away” to be included in the motion picture and soundtrack for “The Apostle”. Albert E. Brumley inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

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1999 – Brumley Music wins fourth GRAMMY®

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“I’ll Fly Away” wins for Grammy Award in Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album category for “The Apostle” performed by Wynonna Judd and Gary Chapman.

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2001 – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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“I’ll Fly Away” included in the motion picture “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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2001 – Brumley Gospel Sing

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The Albert E. Brumley Memorial Gospel Sing moves to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.

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2002 – 5th and 6th Grammy

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“I’ll Fly Away” wins 5th and 6th Grammy for the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack in the categories Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. It also won for Album of the Year. The “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Soundtrack is eventually certified 8 times Platinum. “I’ll Fly Away” wins 7th Grammy for the Best Traditional Folk Album. The Album was titled “Down From The Mountain” and featured various Artists….

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2003 – The Charlie Daniels Band’s Album

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“I’ll Fly Away” earns 11th Grammy Nomination as part of The Charlie Daniels Band’s Album “How Sweet The Sound” in the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Category. Randy Travis records “I’ll Fly Away” for his “Worship & Faith” Album that eventually certifies as Gold.

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2004 – Best Rap Album

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“I’ll Fly Away” wins 8th Grammy in the category of Best Rap Album for Kayne West’s “College Dropout”. This album eventually is certified 3 times platinum.

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2005 – Randy Travis

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“I’ll Fly Away” wins 9th Grammy in the category of Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for the Randy Travis Album “Worship & Faith”.  “I’ll Fly Away” was also nominated for a Grammy on another album in the same category. That album was Amazing Grace 3: A Country Salute to Gospel and it was performed by Keith Urban. Albert E, Brumley inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.

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2006 – Jars of Clay

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“I’ll Fly Away” earns it’s 15th Grammy Nomination in the Best Country Instrumental Category from Charlie Daniels Album “Songs From Long Leaf Pines”.  “I’ll Fly Away” wins Dove Award in the Best Recorded Music Package as a part of Jars of Clay’s Album “Redemption Songs”.  “I’ll Fly Away” is recorded by Alan Jackson for his album “Precious Memories”. This album eventually goes Platinum. “I’ll Fly Away” is used the Spike Lee’s HBO Movie “When The…

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2007 – Alan Jackson

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Alan Jackson’s “Precious Memories” wins Dove Award for Country Album of the Year. “I’ll Fly Away” used in the series finale of the television show “7th Heaven”

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2008 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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“I’ll Fly Away” appears in the motion picture “The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons”. The 40th Annual Albert E. Brumley Memorial Gospel Sing filmed for television and DVD release.

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2009 – Blind Boys from Alabama

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“I’ll Fly Away” earns 9th Grammy Win in the Best Traditional Gospel Album as a part of the Blind Boys from Alabama’s album “Down In New Orleans”. “This World Is Not My Home” earns Albert E. Brumley his 16th Grammy Nomination in the category Best Traditional Folk Album as a part of Ricky Skaggs album “Songs My Dad Loved”. The Blind Boys of Alabama also won the Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. The Stanley Brothers version of “Rank Strangers” is selected…

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2010 – Treme

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“I’ll Fly Away” performed and used as the name of the series finale of the HBO series “Treme’”

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2011 – Founding of the “I’ll Fly Away” Foundation

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I’ll Fly Away Foundation created by Betsy Brumley-Bernier and her husband Kevin Bernier to preserve our musical heritage while inspiring children to reach for their musical dreams. Bob Brumley inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame.

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2011 Bob is inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame

2011 Bob is inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame

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2011 – Del McCoury Band

The Del McCoury  Band performs “I’ll Fly Away” on “Late Show with David Letterman”. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” releases 10 year anniversary special soundtrack featuring both the original soundtrack and movie versions of “I’ll Fly Away”.

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2012 – “I’ll Fly Away” turns 80 years old

“I’ll Fly Away” turns 80 years old and is the most recorded song in history with over 9000 licensed recordings. Trisha Yearwood sings “I’ll Fly Away” on her Food Network show “Trisha’s Kitchen”. I’ll Fly Away Foundation awards first scholarship to a student attending Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. The Grand Ole Opry celebrates the 80th Anniversary of the song “I’ll Fly Away” with an All-Star cast performance. Stars include Vince Gill, Alison…

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2013 – Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Albert E. Brumley inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. “I’ll Fly Away” licensed for use on “American Idol”. “I’ll Fly Away” reaches #2 on the Folk DF Songs Charts. I’ll Fly Away Foundation awards scholarships to students attending Missouri Southern State University and Belmont University. Bob Brumley receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Gospel Music Guild.

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2014 – Sarah McLaughlin School of Music

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“I’ll Fly Away” featured on CBS Sunday Morning at the Sarah McLaughlin School of Music in Vancouver, BC Canada. I’ll Fly Away Foundation awards scholarships to students attending Missouri Southern State University and University of Missouri.

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2016 – The Brumley Gospel Sing moves to the Mabee Center in Tulsa, OK

 

The annual Brumley Gospel Sing moves to it’s new home the Mabee Center in Tulsa, OK on the campus of Oral Roberts University. This is the 4th location for the annual festival that honors the legacy for songwriter Albert E. Brumley

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2017 – “I’ll Fly Away” included on album that won the Grammy Best Roots Gospel Album of the Year

 

“I’ll Fly Away” was included on Joey+Rory’s Album “Hymns That Are Important To Us” that won the Grammy for “Best Roots Gospel Album” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. This is the 10th time that “I’ll Fly Away” has been on an album that won an Album of the Year Grammy.

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