Thomas Hastings (15 October 1784 – 15 May 1872) was an American composer, primarily an author of hymn tunes of which the best known is "Toplady" for the hymn Rock of Ages. He was born to Dr. Seth and Eunice (Parmele) Hastings in Washington, Connecticut. He was a 3rd great-grandson of Thomas Hastings who came from the East Anglia region of England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634.
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Birth and Death Data: Born October 15, 1784, Died May 15, 1872
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||917||7-in.||Before June 1896||Rock of ages||Artists vary||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||0169||7-in.||6/1/1899||Rock of ages||Instrumentalist(s) (unidentified; Berliner Gramophone Co.)||Chimes||composer|
|Berliner||0565||7-in.||10/7/1899||Rock of ages||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]606||10-in.||1/22/1902||Rock of ages||Christopher H. H. Booth||Chimes||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]606||7-in.||1/8/1901||Rock of ages||Westminster Chimes [i.e., C. H. H. Booth]||Chimes solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]717||10-in.||11/25/1902||Rock of ages||Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio]||Mixed vocal trio, with organ||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]717||7-in.||3/11/1901||Rock of ages||Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio]||Mixed vocal trio, with organ||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]877||7-in.||6/13/1901||Rock of ages||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra, with chimes||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3195||10-in.||3/11/1901||Rock of ages||Lyric Trio||Mixed vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||B-788||10-in.||5/31/1904||Rock of ages||Christopher H. H. Booth||Chimes||composer|
|Victor||A-788||7-in.||12/4/1903||Rock of ages||Christopher H. H. Booth||Chimes||composer|
|Victor||B-2303||10-in.||2/15/1905||Rock of ages||Trinity Choir||Chorus, with organ||composer|
|Victor||B-2305||10-in.||2/15/1905||Come ye disconsolate||Trinity Choir||Chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-2970||10-in.||12/22/1905||Rock of ages||Richard Jose||Counter-tenor vocal solo, with organ||composer|
|Victor||E-3242||8-in.||4/2/1906||Rock of ages||Lyric Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4555||10-in.||6/3/1907||Rock of ages||Trinity Choir [i.e., Lyric Quartet]||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-6725||10-in.||1/18/1909||Rock of ages||Chris Chapman||Chimes||composer|
|Victor||B-12029||10-in.||5/17/1912||Royal arcanum : Opening ode||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-12781||10-in.||1/9/1913||Nearer, my God, to Thee||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-14850||10-in.||5/20/1914||Rock of ages||Alma Gluck ; Louise Homer||Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-16756||12-in.||11/8/1915||Hymns of praise, no. 1||Victor Mixed Chorus||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-18975||10-in.||1/10/1917||Medley of standard hymns, part 2||Francis J. Lapitino||Harp solo||composer|
|Victor||B-20786||10-in.||10/17/1917||Klippa du sombrast förmig||Grace Eklund Carlson ; Florence Eklund Reims||Female vocal duet, with organ||composer|
|Victor||B-24494||10-in.||9/21/1920||Rock of ages||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-30628||10-in.||8/12/1924||Rock of ages||Jenn Rawlings Anderson||Female vocal solo, with organ||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hastings, Thomas," accessed March 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103467.
Hastings, Thomas. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103467.
"Hastings, Thomas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 March 2023.
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LCNAR: Hastings, Thomas, 1784-1872 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n82020263
Wikidata: Thomas Hastings (composer) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5793076
MusicBrainz: Thomas Hastings - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/995e79b8-c17a-4054-89d1-9ba77651a469
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