Even though tragedy struck the Blackwood Brothers, they continued to excel and persevere in the gospel arena. The group added two new singers to the quartet, including Cecil Blackwood (brother of R.W.), and J.D. Sumner. Under the management of James Blackwood the quartet was ahead of its time with innovative ideas and firsts. The group founded the National Quartet Convention. They were also the first to customize a tour bus for the group’s travel, an accomplishment that turned the head of Elvis Presley, who went out and had one made for himself.