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 48 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 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 vocalist, composer, lyricist  
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 composer, vocalist  
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  
Columbia 140291 10-in. 1/28/1925 Sometime, somewhere Jewell Tillman Burns ; Charlie D. Tillman Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer, vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 48 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tillman, Charlie D.," accessed September 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110591.

Tillman, Charlie D.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110591.

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