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ANDRAE CROUCH

Born JULY 1, 1942 A young Andrae Crouch had strong romantic feelings for a female who sang in his group. During three days of ministry at a church in California, he purchased an engagement ring. To his surprise, the young lady didn’t … Continue reading

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THORO HARRIS

Born MARCH 31, 1874 He wrote hundreds of Christian songs. He published hundreds of other songs he didn’t write. Thoro Harris was one of the most prolific African-American hymn writers of the early 2oth century. Since the 1930s his compositions have been consistently … Continue reading

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HYMN WRITERS ALFRED ACKLEY and JULIA JOHNSTON

ALFRED ACKLEY        Born January 21, 1887 “Why are you shouting so early in the morning?” Alfred’s wife asked him a fair question. What had  angered him that Easter morning was a radio preacher. Alfred had heard the man say, “You know folks, it really … Continue reading

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CHARLES GABRIEL

Born AUGUST 18, 1856 The Wilton, Iowa native, Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, is considered the most prolific writer of gospel music in the concluding years of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. Skilled at penning both lyrics and … Continue reading

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JOHNSON OATMAN JR.

Born April 21, 1856 Johnson Oatman Jr. of New Jersey followed the foot-steps of his father, Johnson Oatman Sr., in many ways. He accepted his father’s faith, making it his own. They worked side by side in the family mercantile business, Johnson Oatman and … Continue reading

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ALBERT BRUMLEY

Born OCTOBER  29, 1905 Most hymn writers are remembered for one or two songs. A few have been blessed to write a handful that survive and thrive. One of gospel music’s most popular hymn writers of the 20th century is Albert Brumley. The majority of his songs that are still sung today were … Continue reading

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PHILIP BLISS

Born JULY 9, 1838 For the 1876 Christmas holiday, Philip and his wife “Lucy,” visited his hometown of Rome, Pennsylvania. On December 29, they left their two young children in the care of an aunt. Philip and Lucy boarded a train bound for Chicago to participate … Continue reading

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