July 12, 2021

Andrus, Blackwood & Co new DVD is here!

I have the new ABC Live in Concert dvd in stock now. Many have already ordered it already but you can get yours by using PayPal or Venmo or a check will do.
There are excerpts of three separate concerts on one dvd! My email is rtbwood@gmail.com. Contact me if you want one. They are $25 and I will pay postage.

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July 1, 2021

The New ABC DVD at $25 and I pay postage!

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July 1, 2021

The new Andrus, Blackwood & Co DVD. The price is $25 and I will pay postage.

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May 29, 2021

Soon to be released Andrus, Blackwood & Co DVD

June 1, 2021

Post COVID days are here now. We survived in spite of this virus that inflicted death and harm to so many people around the world. Many businesses and families were affected but the worst aspect of this virus was the fear it put in the hearts of Americans. There’s a scripture found in 2 Timothy 1:7 that says “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I choose to not live in fear but to rely on common sense and God’s word for safety and peace of mind.

Due to COVID, there’s not been much singing going on and that’s a sad side effect that many forget. Singing songs of praise lifts the heart and soul to the throne of God and gives us a different perspective on our circumstances. God, who made us, can protect us from harm if we put our trust in Him and be sensible in how we conduct ourselves.

Most of my singing has been done in local recording studios. We sang a full day’s session for a Norwegian singer that went very well. Just a week later, we did another full day’s singing for our good friend, Rev. Carroll Roberson. He has a ministry that covers the globe. He writes many of his songs and then films them for his television show. One of the many songs he wrote is entitled, One Pair of Hands, and many people think Elvis is singing. He has never tried to sound like Elvis, but there’s something about us Mississippi boys. We seem to sound alike to some degree. You can find this song on YOUTUBE. Look it up. I think you will be blessed by this anointed song.

I have my edited DVD which is in the process of being duplicated. There are three concerts of Andrus, Blackwood & Co included on this DVD. So many people have said if I find footage of our concerts, please make them available, as they would LOVE to have one. I was able to get three concerts transferred from old tapes that had to be baked before they could be transferred to the DVD format. It was quite a process but was worth all the effort and expense. What we have now is the ONLY concert video of ABC available anywhere!

The first video was done at the Grand Ole Opry in the early 80’s in a concert series called Gospel meets Country. The second video was done at a church in Dallas, TX, and it has some never before seen footage of the popular comical song we sang, If Your Hair’s Too Long There’s Sin in Your Heart. We also have some anointed praise and worship songs as well.

The last video of ABC was filmed in Chicago at an outdoor park in 1985. It was the last concert of the group and contains the only available live version of the song, Jesus, You’re So Wonderful. The video was not done by a professional videographer, but he captured the essence of that song on stage with three participating young people from the audience. It was SO MUCH FUN and a very special moment in time has been captured. So many have done this song in their local church youth groups. I think if you were a fan of ABC, you will LOVE this DVD. It should be available and on the website in a few weeks.

We have some exciting events coming up and I’ll be letting you know about them soon. Until then, stay positive. God is working and moving in the hearts of His people as we turn to Him as the source of all blessing! Remember to pray 2 Chron. 7:14 for this great country.

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February 21, 2020

Final days of the European tour

We are winding up our three-week tour of Austria, Slovenia, and Switzerland this weekend. Vienna was lovely as usual and it’s my favorite city in all of Europe. The people are so friendly and the city has almost no homeless on the streets. It’s a very prosperous city as well. On this tour, I was made an honorary citizen of Vienna. They gave me a little gold emblem to signify my new title. They call me “Sir Richard” now!  I don’t take it seriously though, because when I get home, I will revert to being just DAD again to my children. 

Our visit to Slovenia was very impressive! We had a great concert with the localhost, Samual Hudl. He sang and his band played and then Dennis and his band, the Jam Gang, the Imperials, the Holladay Sisters, Glen D. Hardin, Paul Leim on drums, (one of the best I’ve ever heard) and Donna Presley, Elvis’ cousin, all came on stage. We had a great time in Ljubljana, Slovenia and were surprised to have two visitors at the show, the US ambassador to Slovenia, Mrs. Lynda C. Blanchard and her husband were there for most of the show and after the show, she invited us to the embassy for a visit the next day. So, we drove over there that next morning and had about a 30-minute audience with her and all our group. President Trump nominated her to that post. She and her husband are graduates of Auburn University so we felt right at home with two southerners. She gave us symbols of our visit there and I will include pictures of that visit. 

The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia
Another view of the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia

The next morning, Sam drove us down to the Adriatic Sea coast where we visited a beautiful hotel that may be in the plans for a TCB weekend in 2021. I will have pictures of that visit on this blog. You will want to contact Dennis Jale or check on our FB site for information for that. I hope you will make plans to attend.

Hotel on the Adriatic Sea

Thanks to Dennis Jale, Maren, to Sam Hudl, to Jacqueline Raphael, and all who were a part of this experience. 

I will be working on new material for August, two new songs possibly, and we are planning on working with a well-known country artist who wants to do a gospel album. I will let you know when it comes to fruition. 

I will be releasing the last CD Sherman and I made called Holiday. Sherman has had it available on his website now for two years and I will add it to mine as well. I just put one song on our FB site that I wrote called I Can Do All Things. I think it’s one of the best CD’s we ever did. Sherman and I both were stretched vocally to do things we had never done before but I’m glad our producer, John Rosasco, pushed us. The result was far more than we had ever hoped. 

Watch for it soon on my website at terryblackwood.com/store.  

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October 18, 2019

Memorable Moments

The Imperials just returned from our weekend in Bad Homburg, Germany where we were guests at the Steigenberger Hotel. Our host was Dennis Jale, and we had many memorable moments for the weekend. Other personalities, besides the Imperials, were Paul Leim, great drummer, Glen D Hardin, pianist and orchestrator of many Elvis tunes, the Holladay sisters, who were there for the very first time. They were on the Memphis sessions which included the great songs, Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Kentucky Rain, Hunk of Burning Love and the Wonder of You, and many more. Ginger and Mary Holladay were a welcome addition to the show. Also, Donna Presley, Elvis’ cousin was there to tell stories of her times with her cousin, Elvis, as a young girl. The Jam Gang, Dennis’s band were great as usual. 

We arrived on Thursday afternoon to the hotel from 36 hours of no sleep. We got a two- hour nap before our dinner at 6 pm that night. On Friday, the fans came pouring in and it was bedlam from then until Sunday afternoon. We had a meet and greet, pictures taken, and interviews with the press that day. 

On Friday, we had an extended rehearsal in the afternoon, with just enough time to get ready for the show. We were on stage, rehearsed and ready for the 8 pm show. Some of the songs we had never sung before rehearsal so it was a challenge for all of us. The crowd loved the songs and the new format. We sang and played until around 10 pm with no intermission! Then we had another greeting for the rest of the fans who we hadn’t spoken to before. They all wanted pictures and signatures and we were happy to oblige. We were up until at least 1 pm that night and sleep was hard to come by as I had to be up at 7 am for breakfast and to get ready for the gospel concert at 11 am. 

It couldn’t have been better! We had a very receptive audience and many nice comments were made. I will include a few photos and comments from the weekend.  

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April 10, 2019

The Nashville Elvis Festival is now History

I didn’t know what to expect as I had never been there before. Tom Brown invited me to be there and I came on stage at 10 am Sunday morning just after Gary Chapman sang. He sang beautifully three gospel songs that were meaningful for him. Since I had never sung for this event, I was apprehensive and didn’t know what to expect. The audience was wonderful! I opened my set with I’ve Got Confidence, a song the Imperials had cut in 1970 and one that Elvis liked and recorded with us on his He Touched Me lp. As you can tell by the photo, I played for myself but the EAS Band from Chicago volunteered to accompany me. Although we never rehearsed, I was pleased and thankful for their help. I welcomed myself and the audience to the event. I told them, there were three male gospel groups who sang behind Elvis during his short career. The first group, The Jordanaires, then the Imperials, and lastly, The Stamps made that list. That meant about 15 male backup singers had the privilege of being on stage with him. I said I was pretty sure I wasn’t Elvis’ favorite back-up singer, (three other men claimed that title), but I’m quite sure I was in the top 15!

It was a fun morning sharing the stage with Gary Chapman, Tom Brown, and six ETA’s who sang gospel for an hour after my appearance on stage. They were all excellent. Of particular note was Dean Z, Diogo Light, and 16 yr old, Riley Jenkins, all of whom were very respectful and kind. They were all very good singers. The crowd loved the show and I was up there singing along with them all the songs I learned as a kid. My wife, Tina, and daughter, Leah, were at the table in the back where we sold the product. I talked to one lady who said she was really encouraged by what I had to say before I sang “Where No One Stands Alone”. The writer, Mosie Lister, also wrote His Hand In Mine, the title song from Elvis’ second gospel lp. We are never alone when we pray and ask God for guidance and wisdom. He said He would give that to us.

We are here for a brief time and we must make every minute count. Don’t waste it watching inane tv shows that offer no answers, only confusion. PLEASE turn off The VIEW!!!!!  Instead, go to that bible and read Psalms and Proverbs for REAL wisdom, eternal truths that have transcended nations and continues to provide answers to all of life’s questions.

November 22, 2018

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, oh my soul and forget not all of his benefits: who forgives all my sins, who heals all my diseases, who redeems my life from destruction, and who satisfies my life with good things so that my youth is renewed like the Eagles. (Ps 103:1-5).  

I have so much to be thankful for and am reminded of just how blessed I am at this special time of the year. I have a wonderful family, all of whom are healthy and growing in grace. The responsibilities given me to lead this family are many and requires my constant attention and devotion. There’s nothing more important than my devotion to Jesus Christ, God’s son, and to follow in His steps wherever they take me. My wife, Tina, has been such a strength to me and for that I’m grateful. My children were a gift from God. When the doctor told us we would never have children, God had a different plan. We knew a couple who had connections to a Christian adoption agency in CA so we called, put together a resume, and sent it to them. Without much hope of success, we did what we could and God did the rest. 

Within a month, a young woman, who had been residing in that home, was praying for a suitable couple to raise her soon to be born soon, and her two requests were this: being short, herself, she desired at least one parent to be short in stature. Tina is around 5 ft, 2 in. Her second request involved her love for music and she wanted her son to be raised in a musical home. When she saw our resume, the spirit of God told her that we were to raise her son. On June 1, 1997, we flew to CA and were there for the birth of our son on June 4, and we named him, Luke. Three days later, the agency had a service for all of us. The birth mother, Brianna, officially said goodbye to her son and we took him with us back home. 

Two years later, Tina got pregnant! That miracle brought us our second son whom we named Jesse, born February 19, 2000. He was a difficult delivery but he has been a blessing. On November 10, 2001, Tina delivered our third baby we named Leah. Our family was complete!

Ask for YOUR blessing and expect God to answer. At this Thanksgiving season, be thankful for what you have. God will honor your gratitude and will give you what you need. Be blessed!

February 15, 2018

Are You Sure You Want to Sing in a Touring Group?

Not many people know about my life before the Imperials. I wanted to share that time with you now.

I had graduated from high school, and the next fall I enrolled in the University of Memphis, then known as Memphis State University. I commuted to and from school every day for a year.  I went from a relatively average sized high school to a large state school, which at the time had about 15,000 students. All of a sudden I was thrown into an environment totally foreign to me. Because I didn’t know what my major would be, I took the basic required subjects. All male students were at that time required to take ROTC and wear thick wool pants in the hot August sun, where we marched daily in the dusty ground. When you approached an officer, no matter how many books you were carrying, you were required to salute him. Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled with that one bit.

After one year of college, I had my chance to escape!  My uncle James Blackwood, cousin, Cecil Blackwood, and JD Sumner had bought the Stamps Quartet publishing company and they wanted to put a group together to travel on the road, singing songs that were in their catalog. They handpicked members to be in that group. Roger McDuff was chosen to sing lead, Jerry Redd was tenor, Big John Hall sang the bass, “Smilin” Joe Roper on piano and I was chosen to sing baritone. Jerry didn’t last a year and was replaced by Jim Hill on tenor. We were called The New Stamps Quartet because there had been a Stamps Quartet in the late 40’s that was very popular out of Texas.  The photo attached shows the group with Jim Hill. We had an amazing sound and appeal and we toured 40 days a month! At least three times a year, we toured west to California, up the west coast to Canada, and back east across western Canada and then back home. It wasn’t uncommon for that old bus, (we called it Old Purple) to break down at the end of a tour or in the middle of the tour. Some of our days off were spent in a garage waiting for bus repairs. Such is the “glamorous” and exciting life on the road. Are you SURE you want to sing in a touring group?  Pray before you answer!

October 4, 2017

Bit by Bit, Note by Note

So how does a young, shy son of a gospel singer ever get to where I am today? Some call it luck. I call it God’s providence as He led me from very humble beginnings where singing in front of a crowd never was even a consideration. I was petrified of singing in public. Though my father was such a natural on stage, his son was quite the opposite. I was so shy that singing just wasn’t a consideration for me at that time. So at age 7, I began studying the piano.

 My teacher, Ms Pernie Wiley, was a disciplinarian who was quite old, very sweet but very strict.I don’t think she was ever married.  She saw I had talent and she wouldn’t let me get away with anything. If I didn’t practice, she knew it. I not only had to play the right notes, I had to hold my hand properly on the keys. I had one lesson a week and all we studied was classical music. She probably didn’t even know who Elvis was!  We would work on scales and arpeggios first and then the last 15 min I would play the song I had practiced that week. After three months, we would have a recital with all her students each playing the song they had learned and I would get to play my song. Being shy was hard enough. Being a perfectionist made it even worse! I might have played 99% of the right notes but I would remember those little mistakes I had made and that kept me frustrated. The encouragement I received from my family and my friends actually kept me motivated to continue my study of the piano. It has been an invaluable tool that I was later able to use as pianist and baritone singer for my father’s group, The Memphians, while I was a student at Memphis State University. Playing piano and singing at the same time is like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time.  I stayed in that group while I finished school and paid for my education with the money we got from singing. Our group made two records and they both won awards. In 1965 the NEFF (National Evangelical Film Foundation) awarded us as best quartet of that year. We had a weekly television show in Memphis and toured all over the US in the summers and locally on the weekends when school wasn’t in session.  Later on, when I joined the Imperials, those 12 years of piano instruction served me well as I ultimately became vocal arranger for the group. That’s another story for another day.

So don’t despise the day of small beginnings because you never know where it will lead.

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