Harold Lane Passes Away

Some morning you’ll find me touring that city
Where the Son of God is the light
You’ll find me there on the streets so pretty
Made of gold so pure and so bright
With Jesus the One who gave me the victory
Who led me across the divide
Some morning you’ll find me touring that city
Where with Him, I will ever abide

That morning has come today for the writer of that song, Harold Lane.  Lane passed away yesterday at the age of 82.  He wrote many recognizable gospel songs, two of which are instantly recognizable classics: “Touring That City” and “Standing On The Solid Rock.”

Harold Lane was the band director at Wayne High School in Wayne, WV when he helped to organize a quartet that became a fairly well known group called the Gospel Harmony Boys.  He was with the group for several years (with a brief hiatus at one point) before joining the Speer Family in 1967, where he would spend the next 20 years or so.  I believe it was on the Speers’ 70th Anniversary Reunion video that I heard Brock Speer pay a tremendous tribute to Harold Lane’s contribution and influence in keeping the Speers going after the deaths of Mom and Dad Speer.  Lane’s incredible knack for arranging and bringing fresh, new sounds to the Speers’ music elevated them to supergroup status during the late 60s and continuing on through the 70s and 80s.  After retiring from the group, Lane could sometimes be found teaching at the Stamps Baxter School of Music.

The Southern Gospel music world has lost another pioneer and legend in Harold Lane.  Prayers and condolences are sent to his family as they grieve his loss, but Harold is finally “touring that city” that he wrote and sang about for so many years.  Rest in peace, Harold Lane.

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

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