Herman Harper (December 31, 1938 - December 17, 1993)
Born in Fountain Head, Tennessee, he was a pioneering gospel vocalist known for his deep bass voice. From the late 1950s through the 1960s, he was bass singer for the Oak Ridge Quartet and was instrumental in getting live coverage of gospel music on the Grand Ole Opry and other cable television broadcasts. He is the founder of the Gospel Music Trust Fund and he created the Harper and Associates, a leading Southern Gospel talent agency in 1985. In 1997, he was posthumously inducted into the Southern Gospel Singers Hall of Fame. He also sang bass with the Homeland Quartet in the late 1980's and early 1990's.