Virgil O. Stamps
Virgil Oliver Stamps (1892 – 1940) was a shape note promoter, singer, composer, and singing school teacher.
V. O. Stamps was born in and raised in the Stamps Community in Upshur County, Texas, and was a key individual in early gospel music publishing. As a youth, he worked with his father in a sawmill, and used his earnings to purchase every gospel songbook he could find. In 1907 he attended the singing school of Richard M. Morgan. Sometime after that, his father bought a small store and V. O. worked there while teaching singing schools until 1914.
In 1914 he became a field representative for the James D. Vaughan Music Company of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Stamps worked for the Tennessee Music Company, Samuel Beazley and J. D. Vaughan from 1914–24, including singing in a quartet representing the Vaughan company. Around 1915 he composed his first song, entitled "The Man Behind the Plow".
In 1924 he founded the V. O. Stamps Music Company in Jacksonville, Texas. In that year the first session of the V. O. Stamps School of Music was held, with a faculty that included Thomas Benton, C. C. Stafford, R. B. Vaughan, and Otis Deaton. In 1924 or 1925 he published Harbor Bells - his first song book. In 1927, with J. R. Baxter, Stamps formed the Stamps-Baxter Music Company, based in Dallas, Texas. Stamps organized a gospel quartet in which he sang bass. He was a pioneer is the use of radio for promoting Southern gospel music and quartet singing. Radio station KRLD gave the quartet a daily show in 1936, after a large response from their radio performance at the Texas Centennial Exposition.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1892, Died 1940
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, bass vocal, lyricist, songwriter
Notes: Brother of Frank Stamps.
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-41874||10-in.||2/10/1928||Let me live close to thee||Stamps Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41881||10-in.||2/11/1928||He bore it all||Stamps Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46171||10-in.||9/15/1928||When Jesus comes||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47032||10-in.||9/15/1928||On the happy hallelujah side||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47033||10-in.||9/15/1928||Singing while ages roll||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47034||10-in.||9/15/1928||When the light shines thru||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer, vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47035||10-in.||9/15/1928||What a day that will be||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47040||10-in.||9/15/1928||You must come in at the door||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer, vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-47220||10-in.||10/21/1928||Keep marching all the time||Turkey Mountain Singers||Male vocal quartet, with organ||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47268||10-in.||11/2/1928||Like the rainbow||Stamps Quartet||Male vocal chorus, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47278||10-in.||11/2/1928||He'll be with me||Palmer Sisters||Female vocal trio, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-55338||10-in.||8/11/1929||Does this train go to Heaven||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with violin, cello, and piano||vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-55339||10-in.||8/11/1929||Down on the farm||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with violin, cello, and piano||vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-55340||10-in.||8/11/1929||What a wonderful time||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-55341||10-in.||8/11/1929||No longer sad||Virgil O. Stamps ; M. L. Yandell||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer, vocalist, bass vocal|
|Victor||BVE-55343||10-in.||8/11/1929||'Twill not be long||Kitts Brothers||Male vocal duet, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||BVE-59972||10-in.||5/22/1930||Lord, let me serve||Frank Stamps All Star Quartet||Male vocal solo, with male vocal accompaniment and piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-70692||10-in.||2/15/1932||Skies will be blue||Frank Stamps All Star Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-70695||10-in.||2/15/1932||Dreaming alone in the twilight||Frank Stamps All Star Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-70697||10-in.||2/16/1932||Tell him now||Piedmont Melody Boys||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-70699||10-in.||2/16/1932||I ain't gonna let Satan turn me 'roun'||Frank Stamps All Star Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with female vocal solo and piano||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-71607||10-in.||2/23/1932||Don't forget to pray||Abernathy Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-056554||10-in.||10/12/1940||The cross on the hill||Jones Brothers Trio||Male vocal trio, with accordion||songwriter|
|Victor||D9VB-0028||10-in.||1/4/1949||I've been listening in on heaven||Harmoneers Quartet||Male vocal quartet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142074||10-in.||4/21/1926||Is it well with your soul?||Jack Pickell||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stamps, Virgil O.," accessed December 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108407.
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