THE LIGHTHOUSE BOYS 1980

A lot happened with The Lighthouse Boys in 1980, a lineup change, the release of their first album and they recorded a live album.  It started back in late 1979 after a change in the lineup also changed much of the sound of The Lighthouse Boys that set them on their path to winning the 1980 Californians Choice Award for “Best Band” by the end of the year.

In 1979 members Frank McNinch, Gary Miller and Kenny Knight had left and Steve Johnson ended up leaving towards the end of the year.  Enter Tim Cantu on Drums, Dathan Fernandez on lead guitar, by December, Ken & Jon Edwards joined and the lineup was set making Mark & Bill Underwood the only original members still in the group.  The Lighthouse Boys entered almost daily practices for 2 to 3 weeks uniting songs from The Lighthouse Boys with a few songs from the Edwards Family setlist. The Lighthouse Boys would hit the road in a green maxi-van until eventually they purchased their Gold Eagle Flex from another Gospel Group later that year.

Many people flocked to Gospel Concerts back then and it would seem a lot of people flocked to see The Lighthouse Boys wherever they were booked. The above photo shows The Lighthouse Boys performing at Camelot Buffett in Lancaster, CA, they played there a few times that year, however dates are still being searched for.

If you saw The Lighthouse Boys in concert in 1980 you are more than welcome to submit your review, if you have old flyers or photos of The Lighthouse Boys in concert, please submit them by emailing management@thelighthouseboys.com

8
FEB1980
FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCHW / JUNE WADE & THE COUNTRY CONGREGATION, GARY FELTON, THE EDWARDS
7:00PMVICTORVILLE, CA
5
APR1980
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD
PMBARSTOW, CA
25
MAY1980
CALVARY CHRISTIAN CENTERW / MICHAEL & TAMARE CONLAN, DONNA LONG
3:00PMBARSTOW, CA
26
MAY1980
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FAIR GROUNDSWESTERN DESERTS GOSPEL SING | NEWS / PHOTOS
1:00PMVICTORVILLE, CA
20
JUL1980
OLIVEHURST PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH
6:00PMMARYSVILLE, CA
27
JUL1980
YERMO COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
11:00AMYERMO, CA
27
JUL1980
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GODNEWS
6:00PMBARSTOW, CA
6
SEP1980
CALICO GHOST TOWNW/ THE CALIFORNIANS & THE REGENTS
10:00AMCALICO, CA
7
SEP1980
HI-DESERT CHRISTIAN CENTERNEWS
6:00PMBARSTOW, CA
21
SEP1980
LIBERTY TEMPLE OF OXNARD
OXNARD, CA
3
OCT1980
KERN COUNTY FAIR GROUNDSKERN COUNTY FAIR “GOSPEL DAY” | NEWS
8:00PMBAKERSFIELD, CA
11
OCT1980
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GODW/ THE GOSPEL CARRIERS | NEWS
7:OOPMBARSTOW, CA
12
OCT1980
CALICO SILVER BOWLW/ THE REGENTS
3:00PMCALICO, CA
1
NOV1980
FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN CENTER
2:00PMFRESNO, CA
1
NOV1980
FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN CENTER
5:00PMFRESNO, CA
8
NOV1980
UPLAND HIGH SCHOOLWESTERN STATES QUARTET CONVENTION | NEWS / PHOTOS
7:30PMUPLAND, CA
31
DEC1980
SUNRISE CHURCH OF GOD
7:00PMBAKERSFIELD, CA