Elder Beck

Elder Charles Beck (ca. 1900–1972) was an American gospel musician and evangelist. A seminal figure in the formative years of modern African-American gospel music, he is responsible for an extensive recording discography, which included over 60 songs over the span of two decades. Beck's abilities as a pianist and trumpet player are praised as one of the best from the gospel genre. His work, both as an instrumentalist and live performer, however, was predominantly overshadowed by the career of Thomas A. Dorsey. Over time, nearly all of Beck's recordings have become more accessible through compilation albums.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1900, Died 1972

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano, trumpet

Notes: Also listed as Elder Charles Beck, Elder Charlie Beck, and Charles Beck.

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-28 of 28 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62277 10-in. 6/16/1937 I never will turn back Elder Beck vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62278 10-in. 6/16/1937 Hide me in Thy bosom Elder Beck vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62279 10-in. 6/16/1937 That's the way I do Elder Beck vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 26-28 of 28 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Beck, Elder," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106824.

Beck, Elder. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106824.

"Beck, Elder." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106824

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