Born: Oc­to­ber 29, 1905, near Spi­ro, Ok­la­ho­ma.

Died: No­vem­ber 15, 1977, Spring­field, Mis­sou­ri.

Buried: Fox Ce­me­te­ry, Pow­ell, Mis­sou­ri.



Albert was the son of Will­iam Sher­man Brum­ley and Sar­ah Belle Will­iams. and hus­band of Gold­ie Edith Schell (mar­ried 1931).

He at­tend­ed the Hart­ford Mu­sic­al In­sti­tute in Hart­ford, Ar­kan­sas, and sang with the Hart­ford Quar­tet. He went on to teach at sing­ing schools in the Ozarks, and lived most of his life in Pow­ell, Mis­sou­ri.

He worked for 34 years as a staff writ­er for the Hart­ford and Stamps-Bax­ter pub­lish­ers, then found­ed the Al­bert E. Brum­ley & Sons Mu­sic Com­pa­ny and Coun­try Gen­tle­men Mu­sic, and bought the Hart­ford Music Com­pa­ny.

He wrote over 800 Gos­pel and oth­er songs dur­ing his life. He re­cord­ed I’ll Fly Away (one of his most po­pu­lar songs) in 1931.

The Coun­try Song Writ­ers Hall of Fame in­duct­ed him in 1970.