Four Interns

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This 40s gospel group worked with moderate success in various southern states. A prominent member of the quartet was Gene Mumford (b. Eugene Mumford, 24 June 1925, USA, d. 10 May 1977, USA) and when he…
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This 40s gospel group worked with moderate success in various southern states. A prominent member of the quartet was Gene Mumford (b. Eugene Mumford, 24 June 1925, USA, d. 10 May 1977, USA) and when he was arrested and charged with attempted rape of a white woman, the Four Interns ran into difficulties. This was in the mid-40s and at the time overtures had been made to Mumford to leave the group and join the Selah Singers. In the event, he was sent to prison and was on a North Carolina chain gang until 1949 when he was exonerated of the crime and released with a full pardon. He then joined a new group, the Jubilators, formed by Thurmon Ruth (b. 6 March 1914, Pomaria, South Carolina, USA, d. 13 September 2002, Far Rockaway, New York, USA), which moved to New York late in 1950. The Jubilators recorded for different labels using various names, including the Selah Singers, the Four Barons, the Southern Harmonaires, the Five Larks, and the Larks. During this later period, Mumford and David ‘Boots’ Bowers (b. 23 January 1928, South Carolina, USA, d. 23 October 1995, New York City, New York, USA) worked together having first met back in 1946 in Durham, North Carolina, where the Four Interns had encountered another gospel group, the Skylight Singers, of which Bowers was a member. The repertoire of the Four Interns included songs such as ‘It’s All Right Now’, ‘I’m Using My Bible For A Road Map’, ‘In That Great Reunion’ and ‘Going Back To Jesus’.