In an open letter to fans, the Rambo Family is seeking for our prayers as vocalist Buck Rambo is diagnosed with cancer. The Rambos are a Southern gospel music group formed in the 1960s. They were one of the most successful Gospel trios of the 20th century. The group consisted of Buck and Dottie Rambo at first along with several various people singing with them and they were joined by their daughter, Reba, in 1965. They have been inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame in 2001.
They signed their first record deal with Benson Records in 1964, after leaving their home in Dawson Springs, Kentucky and ending up in Nashville, Tennessee. In the beginning, the Rambos went by the name of the Gospel Echoes. It wasn't until Reba joined the group at the age of 12 that they changed their name to the Singing Rambos. Their style of singing has been described as "a harmonic blend of Buck's country-style singing and Dottie's mountain-style black soul music."
The Rambos are known for their three-part harmony. They sang what many called "inverted harmony," which in the music field was not proper or accepted because all groups were supposed to have a bass singer. It was not until they performed one night at the Ryman Auditorium with a group called the Sons of Song that they realized that they could have a successful group without the use of a bass singer. The group went on to become pioneers in the inverted style of singing.
Buck and Dottie were divorced in the mid-1990s. Afterwards, Dottie continued to minister at churches and concerts across the nation and write and record music until her death in 2008. Buck devoted his time to painting and recording solo projects. He now lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Mae, and is the Pastor of Visitation Emeritus at GracePointe Church. Reba had a successful solo career in contemporary Christian music, and is now pastoring The River At Music City with her husband, Dony McGuire in Nashville.
There's never an easy way to share difficult news but you all have been a part of so many joys, tears, valleys and triumphs with our family over the years and I wanted to ask for your prayers as we walk through this challenge. My dad, Buck Rambo, has been fighting a private battle with cancer over the last several months. Throughout the diagnosis, doctor's visits, radiation and chemotherapy, dad has been and remains a fighter. He knows the Great Physician and has experienced healing many times in his life. He is truly an inspiration to us all.
His precious wife Mae is such a kind, loving and faithful caregiver. She and Dad will be coming back home to Nashville from his treatments in Florida at the end of this month. Please believe with us for complete healing, wisdom, strength, favor and everything extra that is necessary to accommodate him at this time.
Please lift up all our family as we walk by faith through this difficult season. Jesus is guiding each step of the way.
Buck Rambo Family