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, Died January 1st, 1907
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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McGranahan, James," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106476.
McGranahan, James. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106476.
"McGranahan, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.
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