Gospel Hymns

& Sunday School Songs

Related Resources:

A.J. Showalter, The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers (Dalton, GA: A.J. Showalter, 1904): Archive.org

Ira Sankey, My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns (NY: Harper & Brothers, 1906): Archive.org

J.H. Hall, Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (NY: Fleming H. Revell, 1914): Archive.org

Charles H. Gabriel, Gospel Songs and Their Writers (Chicago: Rodeheaver, 1915): Archive.org

Charles H. Gabriel, The Singers and Their Songs: Sketches of Living Gospel Hymn Writers (Chicago: Rodeheaver, 1916): Archive.org

William Ernest Denham, The Gospel Song Movement, dissertation (Louisville: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1916): SBTS

George C. Stebbins, Reminiscences and Gospel Hymn Stories (NY: George H. Doran, 1924).

Homer Rodeheaver, Hymnal Handbook for Standard Hymns and Gospel Songs (Chicago: Rodeheaver, 1931).

George W. Sanville, Forty Gospel Hymn Stories (Winona Lake, IN: Rodeheaver-Hall Mack Co., 1943).

William G. McLoughlin, Jr., Modern Revivalism: Charles Grandison Finney to Billy Graham (New York, 1959).

Cliff Barrows & Billy Graham, Crusade Hymn Stories (Chicago: Hope, 1967).

Esther Heidi Rothenbusch, The Role of Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 (1875-1894) in American Revivalism, dissertation (University of Michigan, 1991): WorldCat

Melvin Wilhoit, A Guide to the Principal Authors and Composers of Gospel Song of the Nineteenth Century, dissertation (Louisville: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982): SBTS

Virginia Ann Cross, The Development of Sunday School Hymnody in the United States of America, 1816-1869, dissertation (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985). 

Samuel J. Rogal, Sing Glory and Hallelujah! Historical and Biographical Guide to Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 Complete (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996).

Virginia Ann Cross, “The music of American Sunday Schools before 1875,” Hymnology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Harry Eskew (Fenton, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2008), pp. 5-25.

David Music, “I sing for I cannot be silent: Gospel and revival hymnody in the Twentieth Century,” C. Michael Hawn, ed., New Songs of Celebration Render: Congregational Song in the Twenty-First Century (Chicago, 2013), pp. 105-127.

Related Authors and Composers:

Charles Alexander
Philip P. Bliss
William Bradbury
Albert Brumley
Thomas Chisholm
Fanny Crosby
William H. Doane
E.O. Excell
Charles Gabriel
Ada Habershon
Robert Harkness
Annie Hawks
Stuart K. Hine
William J. Kirkpatrick
Phebe Palmer Knapp
Robert Lowry
Johnson Oatman Jr.
William Runyan
Ira Sankey
Horatio Spafford
Judson W. Van De Venter
Anna Bartlett Warner

African-American Gospel Hymnody:

Wyatt Tee Walker, Somebody’s Calling My Name: Black Sacred Music and Social Change (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1979).

Jon Michael Spencer, Black Hymnody: A Hymnological History of the African-American Church (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992).

Eileen Southern, The Music of Black Americans, 3rd Edition (New York, 1997).

Melva Wilson Costen, “African American hymnals,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

Related Authors and Composers:

Lucie Campbell
Thomas A. Dorsey
James Weldon Johnson
John Rosamond Johnson
Charles A. Tindley