Aimee Semple McPherson
Aimee Elizabeth Semple McPherson (née Kennedy; October 9, 1890 – September 27, 1944), also known as Sister Aimee or Sister, was a Canadian-American Pentecostal evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s, famous for founding the Foursquare Church. McPherson pioneered the use of modern media in religious services, using radio to draw on the growing appeal of popular entertainment and incorporating stage techniques into her weekly sermons at Angelus Temple, an early megachurch.
In her time she was the most publicized Protestant evangelist, surpassing Billy Sunday and other predecessors. She conducted public faith healing demonstrations involving tens of thousands of participants. McPherson's view of the United States as a nation founded and sustained by divine inspiration influenced later pastors.
National news coverage focused on events surrounding her family and church members, including accusations she fabricated her reported kidnapping. McPherson's preaching style, extensive charity work and ecumenical contributions were a major influence on 20th century Charismatic Christianity.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 9th, 1890 (South-West Oxford), Died September 27th, 1944 (Oakland)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1931
Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, vocalist, composer, lyricist, piano
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-24733||12-in.||12/15/1920||The coming of the Lord||Aimee Semple McPherson||Recitation, with male vocal quartet and piano||speaker|
|Columbia||W142791||10-in.||10/18/1926||I ain't-a gonna grieve||Aimee Semple McPherson||Female vocal solo, with vocal chorus||vocalist|
|Columbia||W142792||10-in.||10/18/1926||Come unto me||Aimee Semple McPherson||Sermon||speaker|
|Columbia||W151860||10-in.||10/22/1931||The lost sheep's return||Aimee Semple McPherson||Sermon, with male vocal solo and organ||speaker|
|Columbia||W151861||10-in.||10/22/1931||The crucifixion||Aimee Semple McPherson||Sermon, with organ||speaker|
|Columbia||W151862||10-in.||10/22/1931||Calvary's rose||David L. Hutton ; Aimee Semple McPherson||Female-male vocal duet, with organ and chimes||vocalist, composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W151863||10-in.||10/22/1931||Aimee McPherson Hutton and David Hutton||David L. Hutton ; Aimee Semple McPherson||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McPherson, Aimee Semple," accessed October 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101893.
McPherson, Aimee Semple. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101893.
"McPherson, Aimee Semple." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 October 2021.
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