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 1861, Died September 2, 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.

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Recordings (Results 26-48 of 48 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W142984 10-in. 12/3/1926 Life's railway to heaven Ford and Glenn Male vocal duet, with organ composer  
Columbia 143055 10-in. 11/4/1926 The old-time power The Wisdom Sisters Female vocal trio lyricist, composer  
Columbia W143908 10-in. 4/5/1927 Life's railway to heaven Smith’s Sacred Singers Male vocal ensemble, with fiddle (violin) and guitar composer  
Columbia W143915 10-in. 4/6/1927 My mother's Bible J. Frank Smith Male vocal solo composer  
OKeh 8623 10-in. March 1924 Life's railway to heaven J. Douglas Swagerty ; Mrs. J. Douglas Swagerty Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer  
OKeh 9069 10-in. Apr. 1925 My mother's Bible J. Douglas Swagerty ; Mrs. J. Douglas Swagerty Female-male vocal duet, with organ composer  
OKeh W81717 10-in. 10/8/1927 Life's railway to heaven Allen Quartette Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
OKeh W81719 10-in. 10/8/1927 My mother's Bible Allen Quartette Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
OKeh W401514 10-in. 1/9/1929 He left his religion in the country Black Brothers Male vocal duet, with 2 fiddles (violins) and guitar composer, lyricist  
OKeh W401515 10-in. 1/9/1929 What has become of the old church bells? Black Brothers Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
OKeh W402034 10-in. 8/1/1928 What has become of the old church bells? Charles D. Tillman & Daughter Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W402035 10-in. 8/1/1928 He left his religion in the country Charles D. Tillman & Daughter Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W402390 10-in. 3/20/1929 Since He came to stay The Irene Spain Family Vocal trio, with viola and autoharp composer  
Brunswick E27942 10-in. 8/1/1928 When I get to the end of the way Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E28788 10-in. 12/4/1928 My mother’s Bible Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E15810-E15812 10-in. 5/25/1925 Life's railway to heaven Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with organ composer  
Brunswick E25560-E25561 10-in. 12/13/1927 Jacob’s ladder Frank McCravy ; James McCravy Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and piano arranger  
Brunswick C199-C200 10-in. 4/21/1926 Life’s railway to heaven Hermes Zimmerman Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison 5891 10-in. 11/21/1917 Life's railway to heaven Edward Allen ; Charles Hart Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 5908 10-in. 12/5/1917 My mother's Bible Edward Allen Baritone vocal solo and male vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8268 10-in. 10/26/1921 Truth reflects upon our senses Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 9735 10-in. 9/24/1924 Life's railway to heaven Blue Ridge Duo Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica composer  
Vocalion 13076 10-in. April 1924 Life's railway to heaven George Reneau Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica composer  
(Results 26-48 of 48 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tillman, Charlie D.," accessed June 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110591.

Tillman, Charlie D.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110591.

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