John Robson Sweney

Profile:
Born: De­cem­ber 31, 1837, West Ches­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia.
Died: Ap­ril 10, 1899, Ches­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia.
Buried: Ches­ter Rur­al Cem­e­tery, Ches­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Sweney’s mu­sic­al gift showed it­self at an ear­ly age. While still a boy, he be­gan to teach mu­sic in the pub­lic schools and lead Sun­day school per­form­ances. At age 19, he start­ed stu­dy­ing mu­sic in ear­nest un­der Pro­fess­or Bau­er, a cel­e­brat­ed Ger­man teach­er. He took vi­o­lin and pi­a­no les­sons, and about this time be­came a choir lead­er. He was al­so in con­stant de­mand for child­ren’s con­certs and for con­duct­ing glee clubs.

At age 22, Swe­ney was called to teach in Do­ver, Del­a­ware. When the Amer­i­can civ­il war broke out, he took charge of the band of the Third Del­a­ware Reg­i­ment. Af­ter the war, Swe­ney be­came Pro­fess­or of Mu­sic at the Penn­syl­van­ia Mil­i­tary Acad­e­my in West Ches­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia. He worked there over 25 years, and re­ceived the de­grees of Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic (1876) and Doc­tor of Mu­sic (1886).

Sweney com­posed mu­sic for more than 1,000 Gos­pel songs, and col­lab­o­rat­ed on a num­ber of col­lect­ions.
Variations:
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Artist

Writing & Arrangement

18720 John Robson Sweney - Carry Your Cross With A Smile / Tell Me The Story Of Jesus album art Homer Rodeheaver Tell Me The Story Of Jesus (as Jno. R. Sweney) Homer Rodeheaver - Carry Your Cross With A Smile / Tell Me The Story Of Jesus(Shellac, 10") Victor 18720 US 1921 Sell This Version
A3663 John Robson Sweney - Carry Your Cross With A Smile / Calvary album art Oscar Seagle Calvary (as Sweney) Oscar Seagle - Carry Your Cross With A Smile / Calvary(Shellac, 10") Columbia A3663 US 1922 Sell This Version
40331 John Robson Sweney - Jesus Is Coming Back Again / Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown album art Jenkins Family Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown (as Sweney) Jenkins Family - Jesus Is Coming Back Again / Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown(Shellac, 10") Okeh 40331 US 1925 Sell This Version
45055 John Robson Sweney - Land Where We'll Never Grow Old / Beulah Land album art The Jenkins Family* Beulah Land (as Sweney) The Jenkins Family* - Land Where We'll Never Grow Old / Beulah Land(Shellac, 10") Okeh 45055 US 1926 Sell This Version
472 John Robson Sweney - There's Sunshine In My Soul Today / If Your Heart Keeps Right album art Kanawha Singers There's Sunshine In My Soul Today (as Sweney) Kanawha Singers - There's Sunshine In My Soul Today / If Your Heart Keeps Right(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 472 US 1931 Sell This Version
P 5012 John Robson Sweney - Fyllt Är Mitt Hjärta Av Jubel Och Sång album art Filadelfias Strängmusik Mer, Mera Av Jesus (as J. R. Sweney) Filadelfias Strängmusik - Fyllt Är Mitt Hjärta Av Jubel Och Sång(7", EP) Hemmets Härold P 5012 Sweden 1956 Sell This Version
EPA 4164 John Robson Sweney - Rock Of Ages album art Bill Carle Will There Be Any Stars (as John R. Sweney) Bill Carle - Rock Of Ages(7", EP) RCA Victor EPA 4164 US 1958 Sell This Version
W-3070-LP John Robson Sweney - Les Barnett Plays The Hymns Of Fanny Crosby album art Les Barnett Give Me Jesus (as Sweeney) and 2 more… Les Barnett - Les Barnett Plays The Hymns Of Fanny Crosby(LP, Album, Mono) Word W-3070-LP US 1959 Sell This Version
John Robson Sweney - Songs Of Joy - Sunshine In My Soul album art Burl Ives Beulah Land (as John R. Sweney) and 2 more… Burl Ives - Songs Of Joy - Sunshine In My Soul (Album) Decca UK 1962 Sell This Version
P 5253 John Robson Sweney - Gospelkvartetten album art Gospelkvartetten Låt Mig Få Höra Om Jesu (as J. R. Sweney) Gospelkvartetten - Gospelkvartetten(7", EP) Hemmets Härold P 5253 Sweden 1964 Sell This Version
John Robson Sweney - Shall We Gather At The River? album art Burl Ives Will There Be Any Stars? (as Sweeney) Burl Ives - Shall We Gather At The River? (Album) Word US 1965 Sell This Version
John Robson Sweney - Royal Telephone album art Burl Ives Sunshine In My Soul (as John R. Sweney) Burl Ives - Royal Telephone (EP) Festival Records Australia 1965 Sell This Version
LSP-1733(e) John Robson Sweney - Praise Him, Praise Him album art Eddy Arnold Tell Me The Story Of Jesus (as Sweney) Eddy Arnold - Praise Him, Praise Him(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor LSP-1733(e) US 1967 Sell This Version
John Robson Sweney - I Have A Song To Sing album art The McDuff Brothers* More About Jesus (as Sweney) The McDuff Brothers* - I Have A Song To Sing (Album) Zondervan Victory Recording, Zondervan Victory Recording US 1967 Sell This Version
John Robson Sweney - Yours Faithfully album art The Blackwood Brothers Quartet Will There Be Any Stars? (as Sweney) The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - Yours Faithfully (Album) RCA Victor US 1968 Sell This Version
W-4030-LP, W-4030 John Robson Sweney - Songs Of Salvation album art Scottish Festivals Of Male Voice Praise I Would Have The Saviour With Me (as Sweeney) Scottish Festivals Of Male Voice Praise - Songs Of Salvation(LP, Mono) Word, Word W-4030-LP, W-4030 UK 1968 Sell This Version
SAC 5001 John Robson Sweney - A Sacred Musicale album art Various On The Victory Side (as Sweney) Various - A Sacred Musicale(LP) Sacred Records (4), Sacred Special SAC 5001 UK 1968 Sell This Version
LP 6044 John Robson Sweney - It Is No Secret album art The Blackwood Brothers Quartet More About Jesus (as Sweney) The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - It Is No Secret(LP, Album) Skylite LP 6044 US 1968 Sell This Version
WST-8475-LP, WST 8475 LP John Robson Sweney - Men Of Music album art Men Of Music With Clair Hess And Ray Felten Arranged And Conducted By Dick Anthony Tell Me The Story Of Jesus (as Sweney) Men Of Music With Clair Hess And Ray Felten Arranged And Conducted By Dick Anthony - Men Of Music(LP) Word, Word WST-8475-LP, WST 8475 LP US 1969 Sell This Version
John Robson Sweney - A Sacred Selection album art Jack Ward Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown (as Sweney) Jack Ward - A Sacred Selection (Album) Sacred Records (4), Sacred Records (4) UK 1971 Sell This Version
PRS-358 John Robson Sweney - The Library Of Sacred Music, Volume 2 Presents Eddy Arnold Norman Luboff Choir George Beverly Shea Norma Zimmer Special Collector's Edition album art Eddy Arnold / Norman Luboff Choir / George Beverly Shea / Norma Zimmer Tell Me The Story Of Jesus (as Sweney) Eddy Arnold / Norman Luboff Choir / George Beverly Shea / Norma Zimmer - The Library Of Sacred Music, Volume 2 Presents Eddy Arnold Norman Luboff Choir George Beverly Shea Norma Zimmer Special Collector's Edition(4xLP, Comp) RCA Special Products PRS-358 US 1971 Sell This Version
SAC 5032, SAC.5032 John Robson Sweney - A Sacred Selection album art Jack Ward Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown (as Sweney) Jack Ward - A Sacred Selection(LP, Album) Sacred Records (4), Sacred Records (4) SAC 5032, SAC.5032 UK 1971 Sell This Version
PRS-720419, PRS-720419BB John Robson Sweney - Yesterday - Today - And Tomorrow (A Choral Festival) album art Clear Creek Schools Sunshine In My Soul (as Sweney) Clear Creek Schools - Yesterday - Today - And Tomorrow (A Choral Festival)(LP, Album) Contempo (4), Contempo (4) PRS-720419, PRS-720419BB US 1972 Sell This Version
CC-19731 John Robson Sweney - The Timeless Message Of Jesus album art Columbia Christian College Chorus Tell Me The Story Of Jesus (as John R. Sweeney) Columbia Christian College Chorus - The Timeless Message Of Jesus(LP, Album) Columbia Christian College CC-19731 US 1973 Sell This Version
LP-101 John Robson Sweney - The Christlife Singers album art The Christlife Singers More About Jesus (as John R. Sweney) The Christlife Singers - The Christlife Singers(LP) Vennard Records LP-101 US 1974 Sell This Version