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P. P. Bliss

Philip Paul Bliss (9 July 1838 – 29 December 1876) was an American composer, conductor, writer of hymns and a bass-baritone Gospel singer. He wrote many well-known hymns, including "Almost Persuaded" (1871); "Hallelujah, What a Saviour!" (1875); "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning"; "Wonderful Words of Life" (1875); and the tune for Horatio Spafford's "It Is Well with My Soul" (1876).

Bliss's house in Rome, Pennsylvania is now operated as the Philip P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1838 (Clearfield County), Died 1876 (Ashtabula)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 1767 7-in. 8/13/1897 Almost persuaded Steve Porter Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 4278 7-in. June 1897-Oct. 1898 Almost persuaded Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Berliner 0646 7-in. 10/20/1899 Almost persuaded J. J. Fisher Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Berliner 01230 7-in. 4/19/1900 Almost persuaded Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]110 7-in. 7/11/1900 Almost persuaded Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor B-2704 10-in. 8/7/1905 Let the lower lights be burning Harry Macdonough ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with organ composer  
Victor B-3812 10-in. 9/18/1906 It is well with my soul Handel Mixed Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Victor B-3923 10-in. 10/25/1906 Almost persuaded Harry Macdonough ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor E-3923 8-in. 10/25/1906 Almost persuaded Harry Macdonough ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8064 10-in. 6/16/1909 Eternity Whitney Brothers Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8213 10-in. 9/7/1909 The light of the world is Jesus Whitney Brothers Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8889 10-in. 4/25/1910 Glasses up and shout Mendelssohn Glee Club Male vocal chorus composer  
Victor C-9949 12-in. 2/14/1911 Windows open toward Jerusalem Mrs. J. Darr Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-13246 10-in. 5/7/1913 Almost persuaded Percy Hemus ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-14712 10-in. 4/15/1914 Come out, Mr. Sunshine Christine Miller Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20962 10-in. 11/12/1917 Hållen fästet tills jag kommer Brooklyn Svenska Mans Kvartetten Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
Victor B-22074 10-in. 7/26/1918 Nästan en kristen Brooklyn Svenska Mans Kvartetten Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
Victor B-23580 10-in. 1/15/1920 Let the lower lights be burning Elsie Baker ; Olive Kline Female vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-25822 10-in. 11/26/1921 Beinah gewonnen Methodist Ministers Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
Victor B-31288 10-in. 10/30/1924 Eternity Shannon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-31351 10-in. 11/24/1924 Sök ej Kristus bland de döda Joseph Lycell Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-33936 10-in. 11/24/1925 It is well with my soul Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and pipe organ composer  
Victor BVE-36264 10-in. 9/18/1926 I will sing of my Redeemer Perry Kim ; Einar Nyland Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandolin lyricist  
Victor BVE-36687 10-in. 11/15/1926 The bee and the butterfly Erva Giles Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-39507 10-in. 7/8/1927 Sometime we'll understand Mark Andrews Pipe organ solo composer  
Victor BVE-49182 10-in. 12/12/1928 Brightly beams Taskiana Four Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-57321 10-in. 10/25/1929 It is well with my soul Pace Jubilee Singers Mixed vocal chorus, with organ composer  
Victor BVE-82815 10-in. 7/30/1934 I will sing of my Redeemer Jenkins Family Mixed vocal trio, with guitar and mandolin lyricist  
Victor BVE-82839 10-in. 7/31/1934 Let the lower lights be burning Smith’s Sacred Singers Male vocal ensemble, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 441 7-in. ca. 1901 Almost persuaded S. C. Porter Chimes solo composer  
Columbia 441 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Almost persuaded S. C. Porter Chimes solo composer  
Columbia 3556 10-in. ca. 1906-Jan. 1907 Let the lower lights be burning Harry Anthony ; James F. Harrison Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 4269 10-in. ca. 1909 It is well with my soul Henry Burr ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 4363 10-in. ca. Jan.-Apr. 1910 Waiting and watching Harry Anthony ; James F. Harrison Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 4910 10-in. ca. 1910 Wonderful words of life Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 39477 10-in. 7/8/1914 Let the lower lights be burning Chautauqua Preachers’ Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist, composer  
Columbia 39479 10-in. 7/8/1914 Hold the fort Chautauqua Preachers’ Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Columbia 30845 12-in. 9/16/1911 Where he leads me Gipsy Smith Male vocal solo, with cello obbligato and organ composer  
Columbia 36936 12-in. 4/23/1914 What a saviour Andrea Sarto Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W140486 10-in. 3/31/1925 A plainsman's song Associated Glee Clubs of America Male vocal chorus composer  
Columbia W140949 10-in. 9/17/1925 Almost persuaded Anthony and Harrison Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio composer, lyricist  
Columbia W141299 10-in. 11/23/1925 Let the lower lights be burning Dixie Jubilee Singers Mixed vocal chorus, with piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia 141430 10-in. 12/23/1925 Almost persuaded The Gospel Singers Vocal ensemble, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W143885 10-in. 4/4/1927 I will sing of my Redeemer Smith’s Sacred Singers Male vocal ensemble, with piano lyricist  
Columbia W146110 10-in. 4/17/1928 Let the lower lights be burning Smith’s Sacred Singers Male vocal ensemble, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W150015 10-in. 2/25/1930 Pull for the shore William McEwan Male vocal solo, with violin and organ composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-7862 10-in. Apr. 1921 Let the lower lights be burning Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips Female-male vocal duet, with string trio and organ lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-70216 10-in. Oct. 1921 Wonderful words of life Albert Chiaffarelli ; Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw Male vocal duet, with organ composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70282 10-in. 10/27/1921 Almost persuaded Virginia Burt ; Jane Neilson Female vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80587 10-in. 3/19/1927 Let the lower lights be burning Jenkins Family Mixed vocal trio, with guitar and mandolin composer, lyricist  
OKeh W402568 10-in. 8/7/1929 My Redeemer O.S. Gabehart ; Chas. Richardson Male vocal duet, with guitar lyricist  
OKeh W403167 10-in. 10/17/1929 My Redeemer Bertha Hewlett ; Holland R. Wilkinson Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
OKeh [OK cat 1282-A] 10-in. approximately mid-1919 Almost persuaded Reed Miller ; Frederick J. Wheeler Male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 3970 10-in. approximately July 1920 Almost persuaded Elizabeth Lennox ; Marie Tiffany Female vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 2980 10-in. Mar. 1914 Let the lower lights be burning Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Edison 4371 10-in. 12/28/1915 I will sing of my Redeemer Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 5304 10-in. 1/19/1917 Eternity Apollo Quartet of Boston Male vocal quartet composer  
Edison 6809 10-in. 5/27/1919 Almost persuaded Thomas Chalmers Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 6875 10-in. 7/16/1919 It is well with my soul Anna Case ; Criterion Quartet Soprano vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7730 10-in. 1/10/1921 The light of the world is Jesus Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 8358 10-in. 2/6/1922 We're going home to-morrow Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 9217 10-in. 10/22/1923 What shall the harvest be? Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 9363 10-in. 2/4/1924 Waiting and watching for me Helen Clark ; Roy Roberts Vocal duet (contralto and baritone), with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 10830 10-in. 2/15/1926 Hold the fort Edward Allen Tenor vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer  
Edison 10831 10-in. 2/15/1926 Pull for the shore Edward Allen Tenor vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 11452 10-in. 1/19/1927 Let the lower lights be burning Frederick Kinsley Pipe organ solo composer  
Vocalion 13704-13705 10-in. 9/17/1924 My Redeemer George Reneau Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica lyricist  
Vocalion E3936 10-in. 10/14/1926 I will sing of my Redeemer Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandolin lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bliss, P. P.," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100347.

Bliss, P. P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100347.

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