Haldor Lillenas

Haldor Lillenas (19 November 1885 – 18 August 1959) was "one of the most important twentieth-century gospel hymn writers and publishers" and is regarded as "the most influential Wesleyan / Holiness songwriter and publisher in the 20th century". Additionally, Lillenas was an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, author, song evangelist, poet, music publisher and prolific hymnwriter, who is estimated to have composed over 4,000 hymns, the most famous being Wonderful Grace of Jesus. In 1931 Lillenas was the producer of Glorious Gospel Songs, the first hymnal for the Church of the Nazarene. In 1982 Lillenas was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 19th, 1885, Died August 18th, 1959

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, author


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BSHQ-72360 10-in. 4/27/1932 He keeps on loving us still Homer A. Rodeheaver Male vocal solo, with organ composer  
Victor [Trial 1923-12-24-02] 10-in. 12/24/1923 The fountain that never runs dry Mr. Dunlop ; Mrs. Dunlop Female-male vocal duet, unaccompanied author  
Columbia 81510 10-in. 1/31/1924 Wonderful peace William McEwan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia W151310 10-in. 2/16/1931 Merrily sing William McEwan Male vocal solo, with violin, organ, and chimes composer, lyricist  
Brunswick AL266-AL267 10-in. 2/12/1928 Shouting Hallelujah all the way John McGhee ; Frank Welling Male vocal duet, with guitar and harmonica composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lillenas, Haldor," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111549.

Lillenas, Haldor. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111549.

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