The Library of Congress has made a vast collection of rare music available online in something LOC is calling the National Jukebox. Since I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking and writing about the early years of gospel music in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, I popped in a couple of names and was delighted to find a number of Homer Rodeheaver tunes returned. As I type, I’m listening to Rodeheaver singing “Unclouded Day” from 1913 with what sounds like a small brass ensemble. Feel free to share any discoveries you turn up, gospel or otherwise, assuming you don’t have any work to get done today.
Two others: Just found a 1920 rendition of “The Old Rugged Cross” arranged as a duet with Rodeheaver and “Mrs. William Asher” as well as a 1917 recording of the Billy Sunday Chorus singing “Sail On.” The notes to the recording put the chorus at 2,500 voices.Email this Post