Frank C. Huston

Frank C. Huston (September 12, 1871-October 14, 1959) was an Army Chaplin, songwriter, and music publisher. Huston was widely known throughout the nation as an Evangelist and a minister of the Church of Christ and later the Disciples of Christ. He was also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

During World War I, Huston was appointed by Governor Goodrich of Indiana as chaplain of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Field Artillery, Rainbow Division but through a mistake, he was never called upon to join the regiment before the signing of the Armistice. However, he became widely known as the "Singing Chaplain." During World War II, Huston volunteered his services to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

While in the ministry, Huston established the Frank C. Huston Publishing house in Indiana. His publishing house circulated some of the most popular patriotic songs during World War I. Among the most popular are: "My Indiana Home", "Sing Again those old-time Melodies", "For the Honor of Old Purdue", and "When Our Boys Come Marching Home Again," and "My Own America." Overall, Frank C. Huston is credited with more than 400 songs.

His two best-known hymns, for which he wrote both words and music, are: "It Pays to Serve Jesus," written in 1909, and "The Christ of the Cross," which was copyrighted in 1924.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 12th, 1871, Died October 14th, 1959

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BSHQ-72362 10-in. 4/27/1932 The Christ of the cross Homer A. Rodeheaver Male vocal solo, with organ lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-051375 10-in. 7/3/1940 On, Wisconsin All-American Glee Club ; Emile Coté Male vocal chorus lyricist, composer  
Columbia W143879 10-in. 4/2/1927 It pays to serve Jesus Carlyle Brooks ; Madeline Ward Female-male vocal duet, with piano lyricist, composer  
Brunswick ATL6644 10-in. 11/13/1930 It pays to serve Jesus Robert A. Gardner ; Lester McFarland Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandolin composer, lyricist  
Brunswick AT332-AT333 10-in. 3/1/1928 Look away to Calvary Flat Creek Sacred Singers Mixed vocal quartet, with organ composer, lyricist  
Edison 7083 10-in. 12/31/1919 It pays to serve Jesus George E. Nhare ; Louise Collins Nhare Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra lyricist, composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Huston, Frank C.," accessed November 28, 2021,

Huston, Frank C.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2021, from

"Huston, Frank C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 November 2021.

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