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|
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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