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Gospel Music Icon Buck Rambo Passes Away
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Gospel Music legend Richard Fay "Buck” Rambo passed away at age 84 on February 21, 2016, in Palmetto, Florida. The beloved patriarch of the gospel music family the Rambos, he slipped into eternity surrounded by his loving wife Mae and other family members.

Buck Rambo was born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, the son of Noah Burton Rambo and Mary Irisilda Rambo. His musical career spanned 60 years, during which he received many accolades including numerous Grammy and Dove Award nominations. His widespread experiences included singing for more than a million people at the first Washington for Jesus Rally, appearing on the very first Gaither Homecoming video, and writing a book, The Legacy of the Rambos.

Buck became a Christian in 1949, went into full-time ministry in 1954, and in 1960, he started a Gospel singing group, the Gospel Echoes. This group later evolved into the Singing Rambos, in which Buck performed with daughter Reba and her mother Dottie.

He was one of the first board members for the Gospel Music Association and a founding father of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In the early '60s, Buck was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Quartet Convention.

When the Rambos were asked to go to the Strategic Air Command Bases in 1966, they embarked upon a six-week tour of American military outposts in Greenland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Iceland, entertaining the troops. In February of 1967, because of the tremendous response to the Arctic Tour, they embarked on a six-week tour to Vietnam to sing for the U.S. military forces there. This was a life-changing experience for the Singing Rambos. They also participated in concert tours for the military several times in Europe and ministered in more than 16 different countries doing live concerts and television, including a concert with the Holland Symphony where they sang for 350,000 people.

In 1968, the Singing Rambos began working in television. They were a huge part of the early beginnings of the 700 Club, PTL Network, TBN Network and the Gospel Singing Jubilee—a weekly television show featuring popular gospel singing groups of that era. Because of their television exposure and gospel radio DJs who played the Rambos’ music, they enjoyed great success in the record industry. With more than 70 releases, the Rambos became a household name in America, Central America, Bahamas and Europe.

After the Rambos disbanded around 1994, Buck continued to travel and minister with Mae for the next several years, giving concerts in churches and traveling as a missionary in many countries such as Costa Rica. After retirement, Buck spent his time visiting hospitals and nursing homes, praying for the sick, and painting beautiful stills. He toured occasionally with Rambo McGuire and was a featured soloist on their projects, Rambo Classics and the Dove-Award winning Grassroots Rambos.

Buck Rambo touched the lives of everyone he met in and out of the music field. His passion and zeal for God and the ministry led him to mentor many artists with wisdom garnered from the years he spent in every facet of the industry, from singing to publishing and everything in between.

His wife Mae Rambo comments, "Today, the greatest man on earth passed from this life to his Heavenly home to touch the face of God. Buck had the most amazing time walking through this life on earth, but he is now celebrating in the light and presence of our Lord. While he was preparing to leave this world he could indeed say, 'It is well with my soul.' Buck had a huge heart and when it stopped beating, it broke ours. I know with time that my memories will bring a smile more quickly than tears, and I was honored and blessed to be his wife for almost 21 years.”

Survivors include his wife Mae, daughter Reba Rambo (Dony) McGuire, grandchildren Israel Anthem McGuire, Destiny Rambo McGuire, Dionne (Scott) Dismuke, Dyson Dismuke, sister Hilda Bullock, brothers Donald (Betty) Rambo, Jackie (Shirley) Rambo of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, sister-in-law Anna Jo Rambo of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and brother-in-law James Ausenbaugh.

Arrangements are forthcoming and being handled by Williamson Memorial Home in Franklin, Tennessee (williamsonmemorial.com).

Source: AG Publicity