Buck Rambo, gospel icon and patriarch of the popular singing group, The Rambos, has passed away following a battle with cancer.
Buck was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky in 1931 and devoted himself completely to the ministry in 1954.
In 1960, Buck and his first wife, Dottie came together to form a gospel group which they called The Gospel Echoes. Other artists also joined the couple to participate in the group, and the Rambos' daughter, Reba joined in 1965.
Following Reba's addition to the group, they started going by the name The Singing Rambos. They traveled extensively, and during the late 1960s the family went on several tours to perform for troops overseas. Due to their travels and audience reach, The Singing Rambos went on to become one of the most popular gospel trios of the century and was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame in 2001.
The trio released dozens of albums over the years, becoming well-known for their unqiue, three-part harmony. In the music industry at the time, it wasn't considered proper for a music group to perform without a bass singer. But The Singing Rambos didn't have a bass singer, and managed to have a successful career without one. As a result, The Singing Rambos are often credited with being pioneers in the creation of the "inverted harmony" singing style
Buck and Dottie divorced in the mid 1990s, and The Singing Rambos disbanded in 1994. Buck remarried, and remained active in the music industry, traveling with his wife Mae to perform concerts and missionary work across the country. Following his official retirement, Buck continued to perform in his daughter and son-in-law's singing group, Rambo McGuire.
On February 21, 2016, at the age of 84, Buck passed away in the company of his wife and family. In a post on the Rambo McGuire website, Mae wrote about her husband and his passing:
"Today the greatest man on earth passed from this life to his Heavenly home to touch the face of God. Buck had the most amazing time walking through this life on earth, but he is now celebrating in the light and presence of our Lord...Buck had a huge heart and when it stopped beating it broke ours."
You can watch Buck perform "Build My Mansion Next Door to Jesus" with The Singing Rambos in the video below.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Buck's family and loved ones during this sad time.
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