Les was born Aug. 16, 1928 in Crockett, TX to Lester Beasley and Edna Stewart
Beasley. His father was a minister, and Les has said he thought he must have
been a good one because it seemed he was wanted someplace else each year.
Les started singing at an early age in his fathers churches. His musical
preference has always been four part harmony. It was only natural that he
would be a part of a lot of groups as he grew up. He sang bass in early groups.
A bad case of the measles changed his voice forever. Growing up, Les lived
in many places, including Crockett TX, Ripley TN, Mt Vernon TX (where he
started to school), Mobeetie TX, Benton AR, Burdette AR, Roosevelt AR(Doesn't
exist anymore-Les went to a one room school there), Jena LA, Kentwood LA,
and West Helena, AR.
Les moved to Port Arthur, TX from West Helena, AR and
decided to join the Marine Corps after having trouble finding a job, due
to his draft status. This took him to the west coast and a new kind of life
he had never dreamed of. He served four years in the Marine Corps in the
1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He was one of the first to go to
Korea when the Korean war broke out. He saw extensive action in south and
Les Beasley is truly a Southern Gospel Music Legend. In
the fifty plus years Les has been singing Gospel Music, his accomplishments
have been unprecedented.
Managed The Florida Boys over 49 years
Pioneered Southern Gospel Music TV
Produced The Gospel Singing Jubilee, the nationally syndicated program that
ran for many years
President of The Gospel Music Association for 2 years
Life time member of the Board Of Directors of the Gospel Music Association
He, Bill Gaither and Herman Harper, as a committee, suggested to the GMA
board that an awards program be a part of the annual meeting. The Dove Awards
is the result of that suggestion. Les named the Award.
President of a Southern Gospel Music Association that
later became the Southern Gospel Music Guild
President of The National Quartet Convention that promotes
the largest event in Gospel Music: the National Quartet Convention in Louisville
On the board of The Fan Fest held in Fresno, CA.
A founding member of the Gospel Music Trust Fund and still
on the board.
On the advisory board of The Gospel Music Guild and also
on the advisory board of The Southern Gospel Music Assoc.
Member of The GMA Hall of Fame
Member of The Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and The
Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame
Les & Frances have six children, twelve grand children,
and four great-grand children
In 2001, Les was honored at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion
with a "This Is Your Life" Tribute. Charles Waller, the producer, invited
family and friends from across the country to tell Les' story from their
He is retired now but is still active in may phases of