Charlie Waller and Hovie Lister
This week’s article will continue to highlight the South Carolina Gospel Music Association’s 2009 induction class by featuring Hovie Lister. As you may know Hovie was born in Greenville, South Carolina in the Poe Mill area. He was born on September 17, 1926, into a singing family. His grandfather taught “shape note” music schools. Hovie’s father was one of five boys and four of the five sang with Hovie’s father being one of the four. They were known as The Lister Brothers and only sang part-time and worked regular jobs in the cotton mill. Hovie stated that there were a lot of weekday singings and that every Thursday at the Salvation Army Auditorium a gospel music concert was held. Gospel music in those days was very popular. That was some 65 years ago.