John H. Hopkins

John Henry Hopkins Jr. (October 28, 1820 – August 14, 1891) was an American clergyman and hymnodist, most famous for composing the song "We Three Kings of Orient Are" in 1857 (even though it does not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns, and Songs in 1863).

Birth and Death Data: Born 1820 (Pittsburgh), Died 1891 (Hudson)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-39888 10-in. 10/10/1927 Deck the hall William H. Reitz Chimes solo lyricist  
Edison 5672 10-in. 7/9/1917 We three kings of Orient are The Carol Singers Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist  


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