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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, 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  
(Results 26-33 of 33 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McGranahan, James," accessed October 26, 2021,

McGranahan, James. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from

"McGranahan, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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