John Robson Sweney

John Robson Sweney

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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.
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Artist

John Robson Sweney Discography

Writing & Arrangement

18720 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 Oscar Seagle Calvary (as Sweney) Oscar Seagle - Carry Your Cross With A Smile / Calvary(Shellac, 10") Columbia A3663 US 1922 Sell This Version
40331 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
472 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
EPA 4164 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 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
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 Gospelkvartetten Låt Mig Få Höra Om Jesu (as J. R. Sweney) Gospelkvartetten - Gospelkvartetten(7", EP) Hemmets Härold P 5253 Sweden 1964 Sell This Version
Burl Ives Will There Be Any Stars? (as Sweeney) Burl Ives - Shall We Gather At The River? (Album) Word US 1965 Sell This Version
LSP-1733(e) 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
ZLP 711, ZLP-711S The McDuff Brothers More About Jesus (as Sweney) The McDuff Brothers - I Have A Song To Sing(LP, Album) Zondervan Victory Recording, Zondervan Victory Recording ZLP 711, ZLP-711S US 1967 Sell This Version
LSP-4029 The Blackwood Brothers Quartet Will There Be Any Stars? (as Sweney) The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - Yours Faithfully(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP-4029 US 1968 Sell This Version
SAC 5001 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 The Blackwood Brothers Quartet More About Jesus (as Sweney) The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - It Is No Secret(LP) Skylite LP 6044 US 1968 Sell This Version
LSP-4029 The Blackwood Brothers Quartet Will There Be Any Stars? (as Sweney) The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - Yours Faithfully(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor LSP-4029 US 1968 Sell This Version
WST-8475-LP, WST 8475 LP 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
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 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
CC-19731 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 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
JLPS 192 Betty Lou Mills More About Jesus (as J.R. Sweney) Betty Lou Mills - Something Old, Something New(LP) Pilgrim Records (2) JLPS 192 UK 1974 Sell This Version
GLP-106M Bob Krogstad* My Savior, First Of All (I Shall Know Him) (as John R. Sweney) Bob Krogstad* - The Ultimate Accompaniment Library: Medium-High Voice Volumes 5, 6(LP) Good Life Productions GLP-106M US 1978 Sell This Version
PRAISE 1, PLP1 BirGitta Edström Will There Be Any Stars? (as J.R. Sweeney) BirGitta Edström - With Jesus(LP) Praise Records (5), Praise Records (5) PRAISE 1, PLP1 UK 1978 Sell This Version
RV 1050 LP Lähettiläät Kun On Matkani Määrä Käyty (When My Lifework Is Ended) (as John R. Sweney) Lähettiläät - Ihmeellinen Maa(LP, Album) Prisma (6) RV 1050 LP Finland 1979 Sell This Version
SILP 314 Artur Erikson Helig Är Änglaskarans Sång Artur Erikson - Beata Magdalenas Önskesånger(LP, Album) Solist SILP 314 Sweden 1979 Sell This Version