Inductees Archive

Lee Roy Abernathy

Lee Roy Abernathy has achieved a posture in several facets of gospel music that would be acknowledged as being great. Possessing a creative ability, unsurpassed in this business, Lee Roy can be credited with several firsts. He has taught thousands to play piano by mail. He was the first to publish gospel music, in shaped notes, into sheet music. When selecting the top few making the greatest contribution to gospel music as a writer, teacher, performer, producer, promoter, or just an influential personality that inspires everyone around him to do greater things, very few would equal Lee Roy Abernathy.


Throughout his career, Lee Roy sang with The Rangers, Homeland Harmony, Miracle Men, and the Happy Two with Shorty Bradford. He wrote numerous songs including the classics “Everybody’s Going to Have a Wonderful Time Up There,” “He’s a Personal Savior”.






Southern Gospel



  • The Rangers
  • Homeland Harmony
  • Miracle Men
  • The Happy Two with Shorty Bradford


Significant Songs

“Everybody’s Going to Have a Wonderful Time Up There”

“He’s a Personal Savior”



Lee Roy Abernathy in the Happy Two



Lee Roy Abernathy on piano