|Del even made an album with the boys. She later said she|
knew what if felt like to be a leper afterward.
|Del and Wedgwood gather for a |
reunion photo years after Del's fall
from grace for singing with them.
- In 1966, H.M.S. Richards, Jr., heard Wedgwood perform and approached them about singing at evangelistic meetings
he was holding in Texas on behalf of the Voice of Prophecy. Richards had
a special interest in trying to connect with the young people of the
church and saw the trio, with its music and informal comments between
numbers as a way to reach that group.
Their success in Texas led to another invitation from Richards to work with him at a second VOP evangelistic series in Hinsdale, Illinois. Richards noted their effectiveness in reaching young people and asked them to join with him and Del Delker that summer during their tours to camp meetings on behalf of the VOP. By the end of August 1967, travel with the VOP, combined with other appointments, totaled eighty thousand miles. It had been an exhausting, yet exhilarating eight months.
- When summer ended, The Wedgwood Trio was nationally known in Adventist circles and hugely popular with young people. The reception accorded the group by older Adventists, however, was somewhat mixed. Conservative church members and ministers were convinced the trio constituted an endorsement for current popular music that would lead the youth away from, not into, the church.
- The reaction was visceral, surfacing more than any other time during their travels with Richards and Delker that summer. After one introductory performance in an evening meeting at a Mid-western camp meeting, Richards was angrily confronted by the conference official in charge of music for the meetings. At the end of a discussion that continued into the early morning hours, Richards was told the trio would not be allowed to perform at the youth meetings the next day.
- This action, the most extreme that summer, was a blow to the trio as
well as Delker and Richards. All during those travels they had to deal
with objections over the music, the group's attire (matching
double-breasted blue blazers with ties and gray slacks), Vollmer's
naturally blond hair (thought to be bleached), and the "girls" who
accompanied them (Hoyle's wife and Richards' wife and daughter).
In spite of the criticisms, both Richards and Delker later talked about how they had personally enjoyed working with the trio and the positive impact it had had on the young people that summer during their travels in thirteen states and two provinces in Canada.
Appropriately enough one of the songs they performed was "This World is Not My Home". I would imagine that song came to mean something to Del and the boys.