Charlie D. Tillman
Charles Davis Tillman (March 20, 1861, Tallassee, Alabama – September 2, 1943, Atlanta, Georgia)—also known as Charlie D. Tillman, Charles Tillman, Charlie Tillman, and C. D. Tillman—was a popularizer of the gospel song. He had a knack for adopting material from eclectic sources and flowing it into the mix now known as southern gospel, becoming one of the formative influences on that genre.
The youngest son of Baptist preacher James Lafayette Tillman and Mary (Davis) Tillman, for 14 years prior to 1887 he painted houses, sold sheet music for a company in Raleigh, North Carolina, and peddled Wizard Oil. In 1887 he focused his career more on his church and musical talents, singing first tenor in a church male quartet and establishing his own church-related music publishing company in Atlanta.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1861, Died January 1st, 1943
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1934
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, vocalist, arranger, lyricist
Notes: Not to be confused with jazz bandleader and composer Charlie Davis.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 49 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-3091||10-in.||2/7/1906||Power from God||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-3123||10-in.||2/19/1906||The old-time religion||Haydn Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||arranger|
|Victor||B-23721||10-in.||2/5/1920||The old-time religion||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||arranger|
|Victor||B-26454||10-in.||5/5/1922||Life's railway to heaven||Clifford Cairns ; Charles Harrison||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37905||10-in.||2/16/1927||Life's railway to heaven||Calhoun Sacred Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38009||10-in.||4/25/1927||Life's railway to heaven||Henry Burr ; James Stanley||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39640||10-in.||7/8/1927||Jacob's ladder||Frank McCravy ; James McCravy||Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-47213||10-in.||10/20/1928||Life's railway to heaven||Southern Railroad Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-51734||10-in.||4/25/1929||Life's railway to heaven||John Seagle ; Leonard Stokes||Male vocal duet, with organ||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57779||10-in.||12/16/1929||My mother's old Bible is true||Frank McCravy ; James McCravy||Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-75804||10-in.||5/3/1933||Life's railway to heaven||Smilin' Ed McConnell||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-75818||10-in.||5/3/1933||Life's railway to heaven||Smilin' Ed. McConnell||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-81390||10-in.||2/14/1934||Life is like a mountain railroad||Bradley Kincaid||Male vocal solo, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||BVE-82887||10-in.||8/2/1934||Life's railway to heaven||Buice Brothers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||4382||10-in.||ca. 1909||The old time religion||Columbia Quartette||Male vocal quartet||arranger|
|Columbia||46988||10-in.||8/29/1916||My mother's Bible||William McEwan||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||47108||10-in.||10/27/1916||My mother's Bible||Columbia Stellar Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||79770||10-in.||3/28/1921||Life's railway to heaven||Oscar Seagle||Baritone vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||81735||10-in.||4/25/1924||Life's railway to heaven||Ernest Errott Thompson||Male vocal solo, with harmonica and guitar||composer|
|Columbia||81834||10-in.||6/18/1924||Life's railway to heaven||Mrs. William Asher ; Homer A. Rodeheaver||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||140282||10-in.||1/27/1925||Old time power||Jewell Tillman Burns ; Charlie D. Tillman||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist, vocalist, composer|
|Columbia||140283||10-in.||1/27/1925||Someday, it won't be long||Jewell Tillman Burns ; Charlie D. Tillman||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist|
|Columbia||140284||10-in.||1/27/1925||My mother's Bible||Jewell Tillman Burns ; Charlie D. Tillman ; Elizabeth Tillman||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, composer|
|Columbia||140285||10-in.||1/27/1925||Don't forget the old folks||Jewell Tillman Burns ; Charlie D. Tillman ; Elizabeth Tillman||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist|
|Columbia||140290||10-in.||1/28/1925||Tell it again||Jewell Tillman Burns ; Charlie D. Tillman||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tillman, Charlie D.," accessed April 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110591.
Tillman, Charlie D.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110591.
"Tillman, Charlie D.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 April 2021.
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