Accession Number: 109
Cash Gospel Quartet Collection
2 Linear Feet
Series I - Biographical Material and Photographs
Series II - Song Books and Lists
Series III - Reel to Reel Audio Recordings
Access and Use
Provenance: The collection was given to Berea College by Audrey Hamm
and the surviving quartet members on August 31, 2007.
are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright
Preferred Citation: Cash Gospel Quartet
Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea,
This collection documents the radio performing career of the Cash Quartet
from Rockcastle County, Kentucky during the 1950-1960s. The collection
consists of radio program sound recordings, written program song lists,
published song books, photographs, and printed personal appearance programs.
The Cash Quartet was formed by Walter Cash (1929- ) around 1956 in the
Ottawa community of southern Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Other members
were his wife Reba (1937- ); sister, Joanne (1936- ); and R.H. Hamm (1919-1986).
They were all members of the Ottawa Baptist church—currently the
Ottawa Missionary Baptist Church. They were one of the many amateur gospel
groups that were an integral part of Kentucky’s local music culture
and thriving gospel scene during the twentieth century but who were not
interested in commercial recording.
They began performing over Renfro Valley’s WRVK shortly after
it went on the air in 1957 as part of a program called the Sinclair Sunday
Serenade sponsored by the local Sinclair Oil distributor. They were heard
regularly on WRVK through the late-1960s. They also performed occasionally
on John Lair’s Renfro Valley Gatherin’, which was carried
by Louisville’s WHAS and other stations. They also sang frequently
at local and regional monthly sings and singing conventions in Kentucky,
especially those in Pulaski and Laurel Counties, and continued such work
after they stopped radio performing.
||Biographical Material and Photographs
This series consists of an oral history interview transcript,
photographs, and printed personal appearance programs.
This series consists of a published song book, Cash Quartet
Favorite Songs, two loose leaf song books consisting of pages
from published works, and written radio program song lists.
This series consists of 10 reel-to-reel audio recordings of
Cash Quartet singing, mostly in radio program format with commercials
for various Rockcastle County, Kentucky Sinclair Oil service
stations. The recordings have been digitized for preservation
and CD copies are available for listening.
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