Silas. J. Vail
Silas Jones Vail (1818–1883) was an American hatter and composer, notable for hymns such as "Scatter Seeds of Kindness", "The Guiding Hand", "Nothing But Leaves", "O, Be Saved" and "The Gate Ajar for Me."
Silas Jones Vail was born on October 16, 1818 at Southold, New York.
He was a hatter by trade, but a musician and composer by passion, notable for writing hymns, some of which were set to music by Mrs. Albert Smith. Phillip Phillips published his first book of hymns. He was also associated with famous hymnists such as Fanny J. Crosby, Stephen Foster and William Sherwin.
Publications include The Athenaeum Collection (1863) and Songs of Grace and Glory (1874).
Vail died in Brooklyn, New York on May 20, 1883.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 16, 1818, Died May 20, 1883
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1934
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-11257||10-in.||11/21/1911||Close to thee||Harry Anthony ; James F. Harrison||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-83650||10-in.||7/27/1934||Close to Thee||Seth Parker Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with organ||composer|
|Columbia||3753||10-in.||ca. 1907-Feb. 1908||Nothing but leaves||Metropolitan Trio||Mixed vocal trio, unaccompanied||composer|
|Columbia||39610||10-in.||11/13/1914||Scatter seeds of kindness||Henry Burr ; Gwilym Miles||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||2065||10-in.||12/24/1912||Close to Thee||Frederick J. Wheeler ; John Young||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||5280||10-in.||1/11/1917||Scatter seeds of kindness||Metropolitan Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||10352||10-in.||5/4/1925||Revelation 21: 21 to 26||S. Parkes Cadman ; Metropolitan Quartet||Sermon, with mixed vocal quartet and orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Vail, Silas J.," accessed September 23, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111073.
Vail, Silas J.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111073.
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