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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Singer
Television Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Amen Goes Right There.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1938
Birth Location:
Henry, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Singer
Television Host

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Amen Goes Right There.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1938
Birth Location:
Henry
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Biography

Gospel vocalist and television host Bobby Jones was born on September 18, 1938 in Henry County, Tennessee. He excelled academically, graduating from high school at age fifteen and Tennessee State University at age nineteen, where he received his B.S. degree in elementary education. Jones went on to receive his M.Ed. degree from Tennessee State University and his Ed.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. He also graduated from Payne’s Theological Seminary with his Th.D. degree.

Jones taught elementary students in the St. Louis Public Schools from 1959 to 1965, and Nashville Metropolitan Schools from 1966 to 1968. He then became a textbook consultant for McGraw Hill Publishers and worked as an instructor at Tennessee State University from 1974 to 1986. As a teacher, Jones helped develop the idea for a Black Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. During that effort, he introduced the pilot for what became “Bobby Jones Gospel” to WSM-TV in Nashville. WSM-TV picked up the show and it ran in Nashville from 1976 to 1980. Jones also created, produced and hosted “Bobby Jones’ World,” a magazine-style show that ran from 1978 to 1984.

In 1980, Black Entertainment Television premie`red “Bobby Jones Gospel,” the longest continuously running original series on cable television, where Jones serves as host and executive producer. Jones then produced the show “Video Gospel,” which premiered on BET in 1986. He went on to produce and host a number of other shows, including The Word Television Network’s "Bobby Jones Gospel Classics" and "Bobby Jones Presents,” the BET Gospel Network’s "Let's Talk Church,” and The Gospel Channel’s “Gospel Vignettes” and “Bobby Jones Next Generation”. He has also hosted “The Bobby Jones Radio Show” and “The Bobby Jones Gospel Countdown,” which have aired on The Sheridan Gospel Radio Network. Jones has toured with the musical group, New Life; he oversees The Nashville Super Choir; and, for twenty-four years, was host of “The Dr. Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat.” He has opened his own production studio in Nashville, and is an instructor at Nova Southeastern University.

Jones’ discography includes "Sooner or Later" (1978), "There's Hope for This World" (1979), "Caught Up" (1980), "Soul Set Free" (1982), "Come Together" (1984), "Tin Gladje" (1985), "I'll Never Forget" (1989), "Another Time" (1990), "Bring It To Jesus" (1995), "Just Churchin" (1998), "Live In Perusia, Italy” (2004), “Faith Unscripted” (2007), and “The Ambassador” (2007). He has authored two books: 1998’s Touched By God, and the 2000 memoir, Make A Joyful Noise, My Twenty Five Years In Gospel Music.

In 1980, Jones received the Gabriel Award and an International Film Festival Award for writing and performing Make A Joyful Noise, a black gospel opera which aired on PBS. In 1984, he won a Grammy Award for the Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group with Barbara Mandrell for "I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today." Jones has also received a Dove Award, three Stellar Awards, three Trumpet Awards, and a presidential commendation from President George W. Bush.

Bobby Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 24, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bobby Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bobby Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bobby Jones describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bobby Jones describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bobby Jones describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bobby Jones describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bobby Jones talks about the prevalence of alcoholism in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bobby Jones lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bobby Jones describes his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bobby Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bobby Jones recalls his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bobby Jones remembers the Caton School in Henry County, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bobby Jones remembers listening to the radio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bobby Jones describes his experiences at the Caton School in Henry County, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bobby Jones describes his early interest in gospel music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bobby Jones describes his schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bobby Jones recalls his parents' separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bobby Jones describes his experiences at Central High School in Paris, Tennessee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bobby Jones describes his experiences at Central High School in Paris, Tennessee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Bobby Jones recalls his decision to attend Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bobby Jones describes his experiences at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bobby Jones remembers teaching at Farragut Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bobby Jones talks about his return to Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bobby Jones describes his position at McGraw-Hill Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bobby Jones talks about the founding of the Nashville Black Expo and Music Fest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bobby Jones remembers his experiences of being robbed
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bobby Jones describes his reasons for leaving the Nashville Black Expo and Music Fest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bobby Jones talks about his early television programs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bobby Jones recalls how he came to the attention of Robert L. Johnson at BET
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bobby Jones talks about the creation of 'Bobby Jones Gospel'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bobby Jones talks about his gospel records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bobby Jones describes his productions at BET
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bobby Jones talks about the distribution of his television shows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bobby Jones remembers the guest performers on 'Bobby Jones Gospel'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bobby Jones describes the genres of gospel music on 'Bobby Jones Gospel'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bobby Jones remembers winning the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bobby Jones talks about the perception of gospel music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bobby Jones talks about his mentors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bobby Jones talks about his gospel music influences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bobby Jones describes the history of gospel music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bobby Jones talks about his favorite musical artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bobby Jones describes his books
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bobby Jones talks about the rise of megachurches
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bobby Jones describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bobby Jones reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bobby Jones talks about the production costs of 'Bobby Jones Gospel'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bobby Jones talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bobby Jones describes how he would like to be remembered