About Charles F. "Rusty" Goodman
Charles F. Goodman (September 2, 1933 – November 11, 1990) better known as Rusty Goodman was a singer/Songwriter in the Southern Gospel Music industry that wrote some of histories most prolific songs; such as “Standing in the Presence of the King”, “Leavin’ On My Mind”, “Home”, “John the Revelator”, “Standing in the Need of Prayer”, “Had it Not Been” “I Believe He’s Coming Back” “Look for Me” and “Who Am I?” His songs have been covered by many of the top artists in the music industry including Elvis Presley, The Imperials, JD Sumner & The Stamps, The Speers, The Happy Goodman Family, Michael English and Gaither Vocal Band.
Rusty performed with The Plainsmen Quartet but he is better known with his family group, The Happy Goodman Family. Along with his brothers Howard, Sam, Bobby and his Sister in-law Vestal Goodman they changed Gospel Music forever. He is also the father of singer/songwriter and former member of The Goodmans and Heirloom, Tanya Goodman Sykes
Rusty launched his solo career in 1975 when Canaan Records founder Marvin Norcross approached him to record his very first solo album. Rusty agreed and recorded The Singer.
Rusty frequently performed both as a soloist and with his own group, "The Goodmans" on the popular Southern Gospel television series "Sing Out America." In 1987, he joined host Bill Traylor and Kelly Nelon Thompson as the co-host of the series until his death in 1990.
Rusty died of cancer on November 11, 1990. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1993 and then inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
Awards & Honors
1971 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Male Singer
1972 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Male Singer
1972 Singing News Fan Awards - Favorite Baritone Singer
1980 GMA Dove Award Rusty Goodman - You Make It Rain For Me (Cover Photo or Cover Art)
1993 GMA Hall of Fame
1997 SGMA Hall of Fame