Robert Lowry (March 12, 1826 – 25 November 1899) was an American preacher who became a popular writer of gospel music in the mid- to late-19th century. His best-known hymns include "Shall We Gather at the River", "Christ Arose!" and "Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus"'
Born in Philadelphia, Lowry studied at the University of Lewisburg and entered the Baptist ministry in 1854. During the following 45 years he held a number of pastorates in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Between 1869 and 1875 he combined his pastoral work with a professorship in rhetoric at his alma mater, and later served as the University's chancellor. From 1868 he acted as hymnals editor to Biglow and Main, the country's leading publisher of gospel and Sunday School music; under his supervision more than 20 hymnals were produced by the firm, many of wide and enduring popularity.
Despite his protestations that preaching was his main vocation and that music was merely a sideline, it is as a hymnwriter that Lowry is chiefly remembered, ranking with such as W.H. Doane and Ira D. Sankey as one of the originators of a musical tradition that has lasted until the modern era of revival.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 12, 1826 (Philadelphia), Died November 25, 1899 (Plainfield)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1937
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 98 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||918||7-in.||5/4/1896||Where is my boy to night||Artists vary||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||0357||7-in.||c. 1899||I need thee every hour||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Berliner||0382||7-in.||July 1899- Aug. 1899||Where is my wandering boy tonight||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer, lyricist|
|Berliner||0667||7-in.||10/24/1899||Where is my wandering boy tonight?||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]605||7-in.||1/8/1901||Where is my wandering boy tonight?||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with organ||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]702||7-in.||2/23/1901||I need Thee every hour||Christopher H. H. Booth||Chimes solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1315||7-in.||3/12/1902||Where is my wandering boy to-night||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1315||10-in.||3/12/1902||Where is my wandering boy to-night||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||A-339||7-in.||8/24/1903||I need Thee every hour||Walter B. Rogers ; Sousa's Band||Cornet solo, with band||composer|
|Victor||B-339||10-in.||8/24/1903||I need Thee every hour||Walter B. Rogers ; Sousa's Band||Cornet solo, with band||composer|
|Victor||A-649||7-in.||11/6/1903||Where is my wandering boy tonight?||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||A-1241||7-in.||4/21/1904||Where is my boy tonight?||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-1241||10-in.||4/21/1904||Where is my boy tonight?||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||A-1386||7-in.||5/31/1904||I need Thee every hour||Christopher H. H. Booth||Chimes||composer|
|Victor||A-1730||7-in.||10/4/1904||Where is my boy to-night?||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with organ||composer|
|Victor||B-1730||10-in.||10/4/1904||Where is my boy to-night?||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with organ||composer|
|Victor||B-2452||10-in.||4/6/1905||Where is my boy to-night||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||E-2452||8-in.||9/12/1906||Where is my boy to-night?||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-2591||10-in.||6/1/1905||I need Thee ev'ry hour||John H. Bieling ; Harry Macdonough||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-2700||10-in.||8/7/1905||All the way my Saviour leads me||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with organ||composer|
|Victor||B-6003||10-in.||3/2/1908||Christ arose||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-6740||10-in.||1/21/1909||Shall we gather at the river||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||B-6748||10-in.||1/25/1909||All the way my Saviour leads me||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-14212||10-in.||12/18/1913||Where is my boy to-night||Evan Williams||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||B-14695||10-in.||4/9/1914||I need Thee every hour||Lucy Isabelle Marsh ; John McCormack||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lowry, Robert," accessed August 19, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103429.
Lowry, Robert. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 19, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103429.
"Lowry, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 19 August 2022.
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