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Ira David Sankey

Ira David Sankey (August 28, 1840 – August 13, 1908), was an American gospel singer and composer, known for his long association with Dwight L. Moody in a series of religious revival campaigns in America and Britain during the closing decades of the 19th century. Sankey was a pioneer in the introduction of a musical style that influenced church services and evangelical campaigns for generations, and the hymns that he wrote or popularized continued to be sung well into the 21st century.

Sankey, born in Pennsylvania, was an amateur singer and church worker when he was recruited by Moody in 1870, after the latter heard him sing at a convention. Until Moody's death in 1899 the two campaigned together, Moody preaching while Sankey sang both old and new hymns, inspired by writers such as Fanny Crosby and Philip Bliss. Sankey also became a prolific composer of hymn tunes, and a compiler and editor of popular hymn collections, in particular Sacred Songs and Solos and Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs. The proceeds from these publishing ventures were used for a range of charitable purposes.

After Moody's death, Sankey attempted to carry on the work alone, but was defeated by ill-health and the eventual loss of his eyesight. He died in 1908. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1980.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1840 (Edinboro), Died 1908 (Brooklyn)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 0636 7-in. 10/20/1899 When the mists have rolled away J. J. Fisher Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 0739 7-in. Nov. 1899 The ninety and nine J. J. Fisher Male vocal solo composer  
Victor E-2647 8-in. 4/4/1906 When the mists have rolled away Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Victor B-2647 10-in. 6/19/1905 When the mists have rolled away Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Victor C-2967 12-in. 12/21/1905 The ninety and nine Richard Jose Counter-tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-3142 10-in. 2/23/1906 The ninety and nine Richard Jose Counter-tenor vocal solo, with string quartet composer  
Victor E-4168 8-in. 1/2/1907 I am praying for you Fred Butler Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor E-4169 8-in. 1/2/1907 I am praying for you Fred Butler Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4917 10-in. 11/8/1907 The ninety and nine Frederic Freemantel Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor E-4917 8-in. 11/8/1907 The ninety and nine Frederic Freemantel Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6143 10-in. 4/23/1908 Oh safe to the rock Harold Jarvis Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6151 12-in. 4/24/1908 The ninety and nine Harold Jarvis Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8153 10-in. 8/18/1909 I am praying for you Henry Burr ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9194 10-in. 7/19/1910 Hiding in Thee Harry Anthony ; James F. Harrison Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12041 10-in. 5/22/1912 When the mists have rolled away Trinity Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-16147 10-in. 6/25/1915 The ninety and nine Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-18599 12-in. 11/6/1916 Gospel songs no. 3 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20322 10-in. 7/5/1917 Trusting Jesus, that is all Homer A. Rodeheaver Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21481 10-in. 3/4/1918 The ninety and nine Harry McClaskey Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-26524 10-in. 6/9/1922 The harbor bell Clifford Cairns ; Charles Harrison Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-30448 10-in. 7/1/1924 Thou didst leave thy throne Theodore B. Tu Male vocal solo, with organ composer  
Victor B-31765 10-in. 1/27/1925 The Christian's goodnight James C. Morton Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-50640 10-in. 3/22/1929 De nittionio John A. Scott Male vocal solo, with pipe organ composer  
Victor BVE-55683 10-in. 9/11/1929 The ninety and nine John Seagle ; Leonard Stokes Male vocal duet, with organ composer  
Victor BVE-56571 10-in. 11/23/1929 Under his wings Hendersonville Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
(Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sankey, Ira David," accessed February 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105009.

Sankey, Ira David. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105009.

"Sankey, Ira David." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 February 2021.

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