Sam Goodman

Sam Goodman (March 19, 1931 – August 5, 1991) was an American Southern gospel singer/songwriter born in Bremen, Alabama.[1]

Sam Goodman
Born(1931-03-19)March 19, 1931
OriginBremen, Alabama, United States
DiedAugust 1, 1991(1991-08-01) (aged 60)
GenresSouthern Gospel
LabelsCanaan Records
Associated actsThe Happy Goodman Family

Goodman performed with his siblings in The Happy Goodman Family, where Sam sang baritone and first tenor.[2] He also had a brief solo career.

Life and careerEdit

Goodman served in the United States Air Force, and after his discharge, joined The Happy Goodman Family.[2] Sam acted as the group's spokesperson, and introduced the members and their songs on stage. On record albums produced by The Happy Goodman Family, Sam was known for telling comical stories about his family. The group performed at camp meetings, all night sings, churches, and on television and radio.[3]

Goodman won a Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Baritone in 1974.[3] In 1982, Goodman received Minister's credentials with the Assemblies of God.[3] The Happy Goodman Family split up in 1983.[citation needed] In 1990, Sam reunited with siblings Howard, Rusty, and Vestal to record the album The Reunion, which received a Grammy nomination that year.[3]

Goodman was inducted into the Southern Gospel Museum Hall of Fame in 2011.[3] Goodman died in 1991, and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery Madisonville Hopkins County Kentucky, USA[4]

Solo discographyEdit


  • 1979—Happiness Is
  • 1984—The Newest Thing Around[1]


  1. ^ a b "Sam Goodman". Southern Gospel History. August 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Happy Goodmans Hit Stride. Billboard. August 7, 1965.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sam Goodman". SGMA. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
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