Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymns.
Wesley was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Anglican cleric and poet Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna. He was a younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, and he became the father of musician Samuel Wesley and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.
Wesley was educated at Oxford where his brothers had also studied, and he formed the "Holy Club" among his fellow students in 1729. John Wesley later joined this group, as did George Whitefield. Charles followed his father and brother into the church in 1735, and he travelled with John to Georgia in America, returning a year later. In 1749, he married Sarah Gwynne, daughter of a Welsh gentleman who had been converted to Methodism by Howell Harris. She accompanied the brothers on their evangelistic journeys throughout Britain until Charles ceased to travel in 1765.
Despite their closeness, Charles and John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 18th, 1707 (North Lincolnshire), Died March 29th, 1788 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: author, lyricist
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 57 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||3023||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Mar. 1905||Jesus, lover of my soul||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with organ||lyricist|
|Columbia||3023||7-in.||ca. 1904-Oct. 1905||Jesus, lover of my soul||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with organ||lyricist|
|Columbia||3779||10-in.||ca. 1907-Feb. 1908||Hark! The herald angels sing||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with organ||author|
|Columbia||4482||10-in.||ca. Jan.-July 1910||Come Thou almighty King||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||4544||10-in.||ca. June 1910||Love divine, all love excelling||Archibald Brothers' Quartette||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||author|
|Columbia||38989||10-in.||8/13/1913||I.O.O.F. opening ode no. 6||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with organ||author|
|Columbia||46449||10-in.||2/25/1916||Jesus, lover of my soul||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||47008||10-in.||9/11/1916||Hark! The herald angels sing||Columbia Mixed Quartette||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra and organ||author|
|Columbia||77257||10-in.||8/14/1917||Jesus, lover of my soul||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||79413||10-in.||9/15/1920||Jesus, lover of my soul||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||79416||10-in.||9/15/1920||Come, thou almighty King||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||30775||12-in.||ca. 1911||Love divine! All love excelling||Charles Harrison ; Beulah Gaylord Young||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||36493||12-in.||12/6/1912||Love divine, all love excelling||Walter Lawrence ; Reed Miller||Vocal duet (boy soprano and tenor), with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||48671||12-in.||3/31/1916||Jesus, lover of my soul||Columbia Stellar Quartette ; Louis Graveure||Baritone vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||W140947||10-in.||9/16/1925||Hark! The herald angels sing||Columbia Mixed Quartette||Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied||author|
|Columbia||W142480||10-in.||7/30/1926||Hark! The herald angels sing||Shannon Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with organ and chimes||author|
|Columbia||W145791||10-in.||3/21/1928||Jesus, lover of my soul||Shannon Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with organ||author|
|Columbia||W150287||10-in.||4/18/1930||Jesus, lover of my soul||Smith’s Sacred Singers||Male vocal ensemble, with piano||author|
|OKeh||S-7756||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Jesus, lover of my soul||Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||author|
|OKeh||9641||10-in.||Mar. 1926||Jesus, lover of my soul||J. Douglas Swagerty ; Mrs. J. Douglas Swagerty||Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet||author|
|OKeh||W401224||10-in.||10/15/1928||Hark! The herald angels sing||Emil Velazco||Pipe organ solo, with mixed vocal quartet||author|
|OKeh||W402051||10-in.||8/3/1928||Lenox||Charles Butts Sacred Harp Singers||Vocal ensemble, with piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403148||10-in.||10/17/1929||Jesus, lover of my soul||Harold Lawrence ; Charles Teuser||Male vocal duet, with piano||author|
|Brunswick||2116||10-in.||approximately Aug. 1918||Jesus lover of my soul||Harry McClaskey ; Marie Morrisey||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||author|
|Brunswick||[Br cat 5190-a]||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1917||Jesus, lover of my soul||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wesley, Charles," accessed January 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101872.
Wesley, Charles. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101872.
"Wesley, Charles." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 January 2021.
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