May 5, 1939 – January 14, 2018 Remembering Harold Goad

Remembering Harold Goad (May 5, 1939 – January 14, 2018) was born in Cascade, MO and started playing music at an early age. When he joined the army and went overseas to Germany he formed a band and played there as well. When he finished his service in the army he moved to Branson, MO and became the first payed roving musician at Silver Dollar City. He also started working at Shepherd of the Hills. During this time he met and married his wife Kathie.
Together Harold and Kathie would go on to make a tremendous amount of music. They worked at the Pine Mountain Jamboree and later opened their own daytime gospel music show. They had one son, Warren, who grew up in a house full of music. Harold, Kathie, and Warren formed the bluegrass gospel group The Village Singers. They toured the U.S. making many friends and memories. One of their CDs went on to be nominated for a Dove Award.
Harold was the instrumentalist of the band, playing banjo, mandolin, and guitar. With The Village Singers, he toured all over the United States making friends everywhere he went. Lovingly remembered for his kindness as well as his musical talent, Harold Goad was a giant in the bluegrass Gospel world.
There biggest number was probably “On My Father’s Side,” recorded in 1999 on There’s A Great Day Coming from Pinecastle Records. A later album from the group received a Dove Award nomination.
Harold loved God, family, music, and people. He was happiest when he was with his family or making someone smile by telling a joke or story.


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About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
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