The Forgotten Cathedrals Tenor?
August 9, 2011 14 Comments
Bobby Clark, Mack Taunton, Roy Tremble, Kirk Talley, Danny Funderburk, Kurt Young, Ernie Haase. Who is missing? The answer is Roger Horne, who sang from 1971-1972 with the group, and was present on their Welcome To Our World LP, as well as on the jackets for a couple of Vista compilations: Right On and Request Time. Roger also appeared regularly with the group on the Gospel Singing Jubilee, and is prominently featured on the Gaither compilation videos of that show.
So why does he seem to be totally forgotten? He was there longer than Kurt Young, but I would guess more people have heard of Young than Horne. Roger Horne had a full, high tenor voice, and came to the Cathedrals from the Gospel Harmony Boys in Huntington, WV. After leaving the Cathedrals, he formed his own trio. Some of the highest arrangements the Cathedrals ever did were with Roger, and the version of George Younce’s classic “Yesterday” with Horne on the aforementioned LP is the best version I’ve heard.
When the Cathedrals released their reunion video years ago, Horne was one of three prominent complete omissions. George Younce said from the stage that Danny Koker was not able to attend, but there is no mention anywhere of Bill Dykes, Steve Lee, or Roger Horne. Young was also not mentioned, but he was with the Cathedrals for such a short time that it isn’t exactly surprising. The others were members who appeared on recordings with the group.
So why is Roger Horne the “outcast” of Cathedral tenors?