Jake Hess

Born Dec 24, 1927

Jake Hess was an American Grammy Award-winning southern gospel singer.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jake Hess.


1927 Birth Born on December 24, 1927.


1943 15 Years Old Hess' career started at the age of 16, when he joined the popular John Daniel Quartet in 1943, making his recorded debut on "Just a Prayer Away". (He had previously sung with Louie Auten and the Tennessee Valley Boys.) After that, he sang with three of his brothers as the Hess Brothers Quartet. … Read More


1948 20 Years Old Hess sang lead with the Statesmen Quartet from 1948 until 1963. … Read More
1952 24 Years Old Hess and Joyce McWaters were married on October 5, 1952. … Read More


1963 35 Years Old Upon leaving the Statesmen Quartet at the end of 1963, Hess formed his "dream" group, the Imperials. … Read More
1967 39 Years Old Hess left the Imperials in 1967 due to health problems. … Read More


1989 61 Years Old Jake Hess, Jr. has become a well-known southern gospel songwriter, in addition to being married to Judy Martin of The Martins. In 1989 Jake's nephew Steve Hess & Eugene Baker (Hess & Baker, Skylite/Sing) were in Nashville to record several segments on Bobby Jones Gospel (BET Network). … Read More
1990 62 Years Old There were several dates in Missouri and Florida, but Jake determined that the travelling was going to be more demanding than he anticipated, so by 1990 the tours were put on hold with the possibility of doing something with television. … Read More
1995 67 Years Old In 1995, Hess's autobiography, Nothin' but Fine: The Music and the Gospel According to Jake Hess, was published by Buckland Press.
1997 69 Years Old When he registered with the draft board in Lincoln, Nebraska, he gave his name as "William Jesse Hess." In 1997, when Hess was preparing to get a passport to travel overseas, he discovered that his birth certificate actually read Manchild Hess. … Read More
2004 76 Years Old Hess died January 4, 2004, in Opelika, Alabama after suffering a heart attack December 14, 2003, just days after a performance in Atlanta, Georgia. … Read More
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