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|
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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