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James McGranahan

James McGranahan was a nineteenth-century American musician and composer, most known for his various hymns. He was born 4 July 1840, in West Fallowfield or Adamsville, Pennsylvania, and died 9 July 1907 at his home in Kinsman, Ohio.

He composed over 25 hymns. For example, in one work he is listed as the composer of three notable songs: "He Will Hide Me" by Mary Elizabeth Servoss, "Revive Thy Work, O Lord" by Albert Midlane, and "Come" by a "Mrs. James Gibson Johnson"; and he composed the music for at least 39 of the 79 hymns in a work co-authored with Ira D. Sankey. McGranahan composed most of the tunes for the lyrics of Major Daniel Webster Whittle, including EL NATHAN, the tune associated with Whittle's "I Know Whom I Have Believèd" (written 1883).

The music of his hymn "My Redeemer," written for lyrics by P. P. Bliss, is used as the accompaniment for the Latter-day Saints hymn "O My Father."

In Hawaii, McGranahan is noted for writing the music to the hymn "I Left It All With Jesus." The melody was given new lyrics, written sometime prior to 1886 by Lorenzo Lyons, an early missionary to Hawaii, and given a new title, "Hawai'i Aloha." Lyons was known as "Makua Laiana" or simply "Laiana." By the end of the 20th century "Hawai'i Aloha" had become one of Hawaii's best known and best loved songs. It is often sung at the close of public political, spiritual, educational and sporting events.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 4th, 1840

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1082 7-in. 11/7/1901 Sometime we'll understand Lyric Choir Mixed vocal trio, with organ composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1082 10-in. 11/7/1901 Sometime we'll understand Lyric Choir Mixed vocal trio, with organ composer  
Victor A-1040 7-in. 2/17/1904 Some time we'll understand Trinity Choir Chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-1040 10-in. 2/17/1904 Sometime we'll understand Trinity Choir Chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-3416 10-in. 5/25/1906 Some time we'll understand Trinity Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4591 10-in. 6/14/1907 Shall you? Shall I? Frederic Freemantel Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-4883 10-in. 10/15/1907 Christ receiveth sinful men Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-18542 12-in. 10/11/1916 Oh my father Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21606 10-in. 3/14/1918 Some time we'll understand Trinity Choir Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21839 10-in. 5/8/1918 Han mig gömmer Brooklyn Svenska Mans Kvartetten Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
Victor B-24498 10-in. 9/27/1920 Sometime we'll understand Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-33440 10-in. 10/1/1925 Some time we'll understand Trinity Choir Mixed vocal quartet, with pipe organ composer  
Victor BVE-36264 10-in. 9/18/1926 I will sing of my Redeemer Perry Kim ; Einar Nyland Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandolin composer  
Victor BVE-39507 10-in. 7/8/1927 Sometime we'll understand Mark Andrews Pipe organ solo composer  
Victor BVE-82815 10-in. 7/30/1934 I will sing of my Redeemer Jenkins Family Mixed vocal trio, with guitar and mandolin composer  
Victor [Trial 1917-05-23-02] Not documented 5/23/1917 Sometime we'll understand W. T. Crozier Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 45617 10-in. 5/8/1915 There shall be showers of blessings Henry Burr ; Gwilym Miles Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46901 10-in. 7/10/1916 O my Father Columbia Mixed Quartette Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W141899 10-in. 4/1/1926 Sometime we'll understand Justin Lawrie Male vocal solo, with organ composer  
Columbia W143885 10-in. 4/4/1927 I will sing of my Redeemer Smith’s Sacred Singers Male vocal ensemble, with piano composer  
OKeh 8845 10-in. Jan. 1925 There shall be showers of blessing Jenkins Family Mixed vocal trio, with guitar and mandolin composer  
OKeh W402568 10-in. 8/7/1929 My Redeemer O.S. Gabehart ; Chas. Richardson Male vocal duet, with guitar composer  
OKeh W403167 10-in. 10/17/1929 My Redeemer Bertha Hewlett ; Holland R. Wilkinson Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick E27953 10-in. 8/2/1928 The two lives Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio composer  
Edison 4371 10-in. 12/28/1915 I will sing of my Redeemer Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McGranahan, James," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106476.

McGranahan, James. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106476.

"McGranahan, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106476

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