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C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles (January 7, 1868 – March 10, 1946) was a prolific American writer of gospel songs, who is best known for his 1912 hymn "In the Garden".

He studied at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1892, he ceased to practice as a pharmacist. His first gospel song, "List! ’Tis Jesus’ Voice", was published by the Hall-Mack Company. He worked as editor and manager at Hall-Mack for 37 years. He is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sewell, NJ.

He said, "It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire". He wrote at least 398 songs, and the music to at least 8 more.

His best-known song may be "In the Garden" (1912); sometimes known by its first line, "I Come to the Garden Alone". It has been included in 210 hymnals, and recorded numerous times.

A resident of Pitman, New Jersey, Miles died on March 10, 1946, at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 7th, 1868 (Lakehurst), Died March 10th, 1946 (Philadelphia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-17222 10-in. 2/26/1916 In the garden Mrs. William Asher ; Homer A. Rodeheaver Female-male vocal duet, with organ and brass quartet composer  
Victor BVE-33497 10-in. 11/2/1925 In the garden Mrs. William Asher ; Homer A. Rodeheaver Female-male vocal duet, with pipe organ composer  
Victor BVE-35800 10-in. 7/7/1926 In the garden Marion Talley Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-47244 10-in. 10/30/1928 Cloud and fire Holiness Singers ; Ernest Phipps Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-75952 10-in. 7/27/1933 In the garden The Vagabonds Male vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Columbia 78026 10-in. 8/27/1918 In the garden Mrs. William Asher ; Homer A. Rodeheaver Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia W142226 10-in. 5/19/1926 In the garden William McEwan Male vocal solo, with organ composer, lyricist  
Columbia W149767 10-in. 1/16/1930 He must reign William McEwan Male vocal solo, with violin, organ, and chimes songwriter  
OKeh 9639 10-in. Mar. 1926 In the garden J. Douglas Swagerty ; Mrs. J. Douglas Swagerty Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet composer, lyricist  
OKeh W81357 10-in. 9/20/1927 Gates of gold Avoca Quartet Vocal quartet, with 2 fiddles (violins) and guitar lyricist  
OKeh W81693 10-in. 10/6/1927 That beautiful home Murphy Sacred Singers Male vocal ensemble, unaccompanied composer  
Brunswick 4428-4429 10-in. approximately Oct. 1920 Still sweeter every day Criterion Male Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 4718-4719 10-in. approximately Dec. 1920 Gospel train Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 7828-7829 10-in. approximately Apr. 1922 In the garden Criterion Male Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E27952 10-in. 8/2/1928 Look for me Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with piano, violin, and guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2082 10-in. 7/19/1928 If Jesus goes with me Arthur’s Sacred Singers Vocal ensemble, with organ lyricist  
Brunswick C2284 10-in. 8/30/1928 If Jesus goes with me Arthur’s Sacred Singers Vocal ensemble, with organ lyricist  
Brunswick ATL6618 10-in. 11/11/1930 Gospel train Perry Bechtel Colonels Instrumental ensemble, with vocal composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E30516 10-in. Aug. 1929 The gospel train Kanawha Singers Male vocal ensemble, with banjo and piano composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E23855-E23856 10-in. 7/6/1927 In the garden Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E25521-E25522 10-in. 12/10/1927 In the garden Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Edison 3006 10-in. May 1914 or later Dear Spirit, lead Thou me Metropolitan Quartet Male vocal quartet composer  
Edison 5300 10-in. 1/18/1917 In the garden Apollo Quartet of Boston Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 11146 10-in. 8/4/1926 In the garden MacDowell Sisters Female vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 19033 10-in. 2/6/1929 In the garden Thomas Muir Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Miles, C. Austin," accessed June 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105474.

Miles, C. Austin. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105474.

"Miles, C. Austin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 June 2021.

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