The Happy Goodman Family was a gospel group that was formed during the 1940s in Alabama by Gussie and Howard Goodman. During the group's tenure, its membership expanded and changed until a final quartet was settled, which was made up of Sam, Rusty, Ruth and Bob Goodman. The Happy Goodman Family gospel group enjoyed their greatest success during the 1960s and 1970s, with their 1968 album winning a Best Gospel Album Grammy Award.
The Happy Goodman Family performed together between the 1940s until the 1980s, after which the original quartet separated due to clashes in musical styles and creative differences. This split was due to a change in traditional Christian music, as three of the then-members sought to adopt a contemporary musical approach. The Happy Goodman Family did not perform together, save for a single performance in 1984, between their split and 1990. The group recorded its "The Reunion" album in 1990 after news that Rusty Goodman had been diagnosed with cancer. Several members of the group, including Sam Goodman, passed away between 1990 and 1996.
The remaining members of the Happy Goodman Family group performed together again between 1996 and 2002, releasing their final album "The Final Stand" in 2001.