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 26-33 of 33 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E37339||10-in.||10/29/1931||Sometime we’ll understand||Frank and James Mccravy||Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano||composer|
|Edison||4371||10-in.||12/28/1915||I will sing of my Redeemer||Metropolitan Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6670||10-in.||3/17/1919||Shall you? Shall I?||Calvary Choir ; Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Vocal duet (tenor and baritone) and mixed vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Edison||8288||10-in.||11/9/1921||He will hide me||Metropolitan Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||8292||10-in.||11/15/1921||O my Father||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||9040||10-in.||6/21/1923||Are you coming home to-night?||Charles Hart ; Harvey Hindermyer||Male vocal duet and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||11911||10-in.||9/23/1927||Sometime we'll understand||Metropolitan Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Vocalion||13704-13705||10-in.||9/17/1924||My Redeemer||George Reneau||Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McGranahan, James," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106476.
McGranahan, James. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106476.
"McGranahan, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.
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