George Thomas Speer born in Fayette County, GA
Lena Brock born in Shady Grove Hill, Cullman County, AL
G.T. Speer drafted into the U.S. Army and deployed to France. He battled homesickness by bringing along songbooks. Wrote “I Know My Savior Cares For Me” as a result of his experience overseas.
G.T. Speer and Lena Brock married on February 27 in Athens, AL. Jackson Brock Speer is born on December 28, 1920.
Singing Speer Family formed with G.T. and Lena Speer, G.T.’s sister Pearl, and her husband, Logan Claborn.
Rosa Nell Speer born, and the group gained what would become its first piano player.
Mary Tom Speer born shortly after they moved to Double Springs, AL.
Ben Lacy Speer born and soon contracted whooping cough. While singing at a revival, G.T. “Dad” Speer asked the church to pray, and Ben started to get better. A couple of nights later, Brock gave his heart to the Lord.
Dad secured a job with the Vaughan Music company in Lawrenceburg, TN, and moved his family there. Dad had been a melody writer. Lyricist James Rowe encouraged Dad to try his hand at writing words, too. After much prayer he wrote “The Dearest Friend I Ever Had.”
Dad Speer taught at a singing school and had a new student, Mosie Lister, who went on the write the gospel standard, “’Til The Storm Passes By.”
The Speer Family joined the staff of WSFA radio station in Montgomery, AL and started a daily radio program which aired daily live at 6:15 AM.
Brock drafted into the U.S. Army and spent three years in Italy driving trucks for the Army Air Corps. Every morning Brock was away from the family, Dad Speer walked to the nearby Nazarene church and prayed for Brock’s safety with the church’s pastor.
Brock discharged from the Army as a corporal. Family moved to Nashville, TN, for Brock to attend Trevecca Nazarene College on the G.I. Bill. Brock would say that the G.I. Bill was the only good thing the U.S. Army did for him.
Rosa Nell married Edwin Powell in June, and Brock married Faye Ihrig in August. In order to increase his family, Dad Speer offered $50 for each grandchild, eventually costing him $600.
The Speer Family started a daily radio program, later a TV program, which aired live at 6:00 each morning on WSIX in Nashville. Signed with the Bullet record label.
Ben married Mildred Bradley.
Mary Tom married Robert Reid. Group signed with RCA-Victor.
The Speer Family hired the first non-family group member, Joyce Black (West.) Joyce was the first of many talented singers to be a part of the Speers.
Dad Speer honored for 50th year in Gospel Music at the National Quartet Convention in Memphis, TN.
Dad Speer suffers his first heart attack. Dad and Mom would join the group for selected engagements.
The Speers began regular appearances with the LeFevres on the Singing Time In Dixie television show taped in Atlanta.
Speer signed with Heartwarming Records, a part of The Benson Company.
Dad Speer passes away.
Mom Speer passes away.
The Speer Family awarded the first of seven Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.
Premiered Bill & Gloria Gaither’s, “The King Is Coming,” which became one of their biggest songs.
The Benson Company celebrated the Speers’ 50th anniversary as a singing group by releasing “Let The Song Go On,” a book on the history of the family. Dad Speer inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame.
Mom Speer inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame. The Speer Family sings for 200,000 at Explo '72 in Dallas, TX.
Brock Speer inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame.
The Speer Family received first of 5 Grammy Award nominations. The group is invited by President Jimmy Carter to perform on the White House south lawn with several other artists. Brock Speer presents President Carter with a Steuben Glass bowl from the Gospel Music Association.
Celebrated 60th anniversary with special recording featuring Rosa Nell and Mary Tom, who joined them on select dates.
Ben Speer inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame.
Dad and Mom Speer inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
The Speer Family retired from public performance at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. Group the Lifetime Achievement award by the Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame. Ben Speer inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Rosa Nell Speer Powell inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Mary Tom Speer Reid inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Faye Speer inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.