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Charles Wesley

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  
(Results 26-50 of 57 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101872

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