November 12, 2010
The Father of Gospel Music
Thomas A Dorsey was a blues pianist and he wrote over 400 compositions. He was known as the “whispering piano player” because he had to play quietly enough not to draw the attention of the police. During the time he was a blues pianist he had two nervous breakdowns. It took 3 years for him to recover and when recovered he began to play church music, songs of faith.
Thomas A Dorsey invented gospel by combining blues and Negro spirituals together. The music was not widely accepted. His first gospel song, “If You See My Savior Tell Him That You Saw Me” was published in 1932.
In 1932 he lost his wife and baby during childbirth. During his time of grief he wrote the song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”. Thomas Dorsey created the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
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