Revivalist Buck Rambo

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 28, 2003

Whatever happened to Buck Rambo, singer Dottie Rambo’s former husband? We care about Dottie, her songs, tapes and all of her health problems.

—James P., Washington

Buck Rambo and his current wife, Mae, are associate pastors at a Nashville, Tenn., church led by his daughter and son-in-law, Reba and Dony McGuire. The church ministers to residents of the inner city. Until recently, Buck would visit churches across the country to sing his gospel music and speak to the congregation. “I don’t travel anymore,” he says, “and we’re so busy with the church that I don’t sing much. I preach and I teach.” Though best known for his hits as a gospel singer in the 1960s and ’70s, Buck has always been involved in ministering churches. Born in Dawsons Spring, Ky., during the Depression, he began traveling and preaching at revival meetings in the early 1950s. He and Dottie Rambo married after meeting at a revival, when she was just 16. Reba was born a year and a half later, and started singing with her parents when she was just 3. Buck and Dottie divorced in the early 1990s. Dottie, whose health problems kept her away from singing for many years, recently released an album, Stand By The River.