George C. Stebbins

Real Name:
George Coles Stebbins
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Born: February 26, 1846, East Carlton, New York.
Died: October 6, 1945, Catskill, New York.

An American Gospel writer. Stebbins became the musical director of Chicago's First Baptist Church in 1870, a position he held till the autumn of 1874, when he resigned to take up residence in Boston. During his residence in Chicago he became acquainted with Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey and also with Philip P. Bliss and Major Daniel Webster Whittle, both of whom early joined the great evangelistic movement inaugurated by Moody.

Shortly after his move to Boston, Stebbins became the musical director in the church of which the late Dr. Adoniram Judson Gordon was minister, remaining there until January 1876, when he became the musical director of Tremont Temple, the pulpit minister at that time being Dr. George O. Lorimer.

In the summer of that year Stebbins had occasion to spend a few days with Moody at his home in Northfield, Massachusetts, and during his visit Moody persuaded him to enter evangelistic work under Moody's direction, which Stebbins did that autumn. Stebbins' first work in this connection was to organize the choir for the meetings which Moody and Sankey were to hold in the great building erected for them in Chicago and which were to continue through October, November, and December. During the remainder of the season Stebbins assisted other evangelists, and in the summer following he became one of the editors of Gospel Hymns and subsequently of the series of hymnbooks used by Moody during the remainder of his life. Afterward Stebbins became the sole editor of Northfield Hymnal.

During the nearly 25 years of his association with Moody, Stebbins assisted Moody and Sankey in their work both in this country and abroad besides working with other evangelists, among whom were Dr. George F. Pentecost and Major Whittle.

In the autumn of 1890, Stebbins, with his wife and son, went with Pentecost to India for a season of work among the English-speaking inhabitants of that country; and during their stay there Mr. and Mrs. Stebbins and their son gave services of song in several of the principal cities of the country. On their return home they gave services of song also in Egypt and Palestine and in Naples, Rome, Florence, Paris, and London.

From the beginning of Moody's work in Northfield, Stebbins has been one of the leaders of the singing at the summer conferences there and was the only one having official connection with the work at all general conferences for their first 30 years. He was also the last surviving member of the original group of men Moody had associated with him in his evangelistic work including Sankey, Whittle, Bliss, and James McGranahan.

Regarding Stebbins' work, aside from his occupying important positions in churches and his leadership in the great movement with which he was connected for so many years, he was frequently engaged to lead the singing at international and state conventions of the Young Men's Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.), Sunday schools, Christian Endeavor, and other religious gatherings. Among these gatherings were the two greatest of the Christian Endeavor conventions, one held in New York City's Madison Square Garden, at which there were 30 thousand delegates and one held in Boston when there were 50 thousand present. There was also the great Ecumenical Missionary conference held in Carnegie Hall and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American YMCA, in Boston.

During these years his voice was not only heard in leading others, but it was also in constant demand in solo singing and on many occasions in singing with Sankey and others.
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3063 George C. Stebbins - There Is A Green Hill Far Away album art Henry Burr There Is A Green Hill Far Away Henry Burr - There Is A Green Hill Far Away(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia 3063 US 1905 Sell This Version
4610 George C. Stebbins - Saved By Grace album art Macdonough* And Bieling* Saved By Grace (as Stebbins) Macdonough* And Bieling* - Saved By Grace(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4610 US 1907 Sell This Version
16216 George C. Stebbins - Saved By Grace / My Faith Looks Up To Thee album art Macdonough* And Bieling* / Trinity Choir Saved By Grace (as Stebbins) Macdonough* And Bieling* / Trinity Choir - Saved By Grace / My Faith Looks Up To Thee Victor 16216 US 1908 Sell This Version
A5147 George C. Stebbins - Saved By Grace / O Beautiful City Of God album art Gipsy Smith Saved By Grace Gipsy Smith - Saved By Grace / O Beautiful City Of God(Shellac, 12") Columbia A5147 US 1912 Sell This Version
16431 George C. Stebbins - Throw Out The Life Line / Onward Christian Soldiers album art Harry Macdonough and Haydn Quartet / Westminster Choir Throw Out The Life Line (as Stebbins) Harry Macdonough and Haydn Quartet / Westminster Choir - Throw Out The Life Line / Onward Christian Soldiers(Shellac, 10") Victor 16431 US 1914 Sell This Version
2306 George C. Stebbins - St. John 14 & A Home On High album art Rev. M. C. Peters* & Quartet* St. John 14 & A Home On High Rev. M. C. Peters* & Quartet* - St. John 14 & A Home On High(Cyl, 4min) Edison Blue Amberol Record 2306 US 1914 Sell This Version
A1763 George C. Stebbins - The Hymns Of The Old Church Choir / There Is A Green Hill Far Away album art Peerless Quartette / Harry McClaskey There Is A Green Hill Far Away (as Stebbins) Peerless Quartette / Harry McClaskey - The Hymns Of The Old Church Choir / There Is A Green Hill Far Away Columbia A1763 Canada 1915 Sell This Version
17940 George C. Stebbins - The Homeland / My Jesus As Thou Wilt album art Mr. And Mrs. Wm. Wheeler* The Homeland (as Geo. C. Stebbins) Mr. And Mrs. Wm. Wheeler* - The Homeland / My Jesus As Thou Wilt(Shellac, 10") Victor, His Master's Voice 17940 Canada 1916 Sell This Version
20304 George C. Stebbins - Saved By Grace / Softly And Tenderly album art William Wheeler (2) Saved By Grace (as Stebbins) William Wheeler (2) - Saved By Grace / Softly And Tenderly(Pathé Disc, 27cm, 80 RPM) Pathé 20304 US 1918 Sell This Version
A722 George C. Stebbins - Saved By Grace / I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go album art Henry Burr Saved By Grace Henry Burr - Saved By Grace / I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go Standard Disc Record A722 USA & Canada 1919 Sell This Version
40359 George C. Stebbins - Shout And Shine For Jesus / Jesus Is Calling album art Jenkins Family Jesus Is Calling (as Stebbins) Jenkins Family - Shout And Shine For Jesus / Jesus Is Calling Okeh 40359 US 1925 Sell This Version
45104 George C. Stebbins - Let The Lower Lights Be Burning / Jesus I Come album art Jenkins Family Jesus I Come (as Stebbins) Jenkins Family - Let The Lower Lights Be Burning / Jesus I Come(Shellac, 10") Okeh 45104 US 1927 Sell This Version
20790 George C. Stebbins - Safe In The Arms Of Jesus / The Old Rugged Cross / Saved By Grace / Crossing The Bar album art Mark Andrews (17) Saved By Grace (as Stebbins) Mark Andrews (17) - Safe In The Arms Of Jesus / The Old Rugged Cross / Saved By Grace / Crossing The Bar(Shellac, 10", Oak) Victor 20790 US 1927 Sell This Version
52398 George C. Stebbins - Saviour, Again To Thy Dear Name! / Take Time To Be Holy album art Metropolitan Quartet / Excelsis Trio Take Time To Be Holy (as Geo. C. Stebbins) Metropolitan Quartet / Excelsis Trio - Saviour, Again To Thy Dear Name! / Take Time To Be Holy(Edison Disc) Edison Records 52398 US 1928 Sell This Version
261 George C. Stebbins - Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet / What Will You Do With Jesus? album art Maury Pearson What Will You Do With Jesus? (as Stebbins) Maury Pearson - Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet / What Will You Do With Jesus?(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 261 US 1928 Sell This Version
22312 George C. Stebbins - Have Thine Own Way, Lord / Nailed To The Cross album art The Higgins Sisters Have Thine Own Way, Lord The Higgins Sisters - Have Thine Own Way, Lord / Nailed To The Cross Victor 22312 US 1930 Sell This Version
X 7432 George C. Stebbins - O, Fader, Uppå Stormig Stig / Vi Tala Om Sällhetens Land album art Kumla-Kvartetten Frälsningsarmén / Frälsningsarméns I Stockholm 3:e Kårs Strängmusikkår Vi Tala Om Sällhetens Land Kumla-Kvartetten Frälsningsarmén / Frälsningsarméns I Stockholm 3:e Kårs Strängmusikkår - O, Fader, Uppå Stormig Stig / Vi Tala Om Sällhetens Land(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice X 7432 Sweden 1948 Sell This Version
WP 211, WP-211 George C. Stebbins - Sing The Church In The Wildwood And Other Hymns Of The Heart album art The Harmoneers Quartet* Have Thine Own Way, Lord The Harmoneers Quartet* - Sing The Church In The Wildwood And Other Hymns Of The Heart (Album, EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor WP 211, WP-211 US 1949 Sell This Version
WP 211, WP-211 The Harmoneers Quartet* Have Thine Own Way, Lord The Harmoneers Quartet* - Sing The Church In The Wildwood And Other Hymns Of The Heart(3x7", Album, Gre + Box) RCA Victor, RCA Victor WP 211, WP-211 US 1949 Sell This Version
EPA 427, EPA-427 George C. Stebbins - The Old Rugged Cross album art Eddy Arnold Have Thine Own Way, Lord (as George Stebbins) Eddy Arnold - The Old Rugged Cross(7", EP) RCA Victor EPA 427, EPA-427 US 1955 Sell This Version
LPM-1352 George C. Stebbins - Best Loved Hymns album art Paul Mickelson Have Thine Own Way, Lord (as Stebbins) Paul Mickelson - Best Loved Hymns RCA Victor LPM-1352 US 1956 Sell This Version
DLP 3068 George C. Stebbins - Hymns We Love album art Pat Boone Have Thine Own Way, Lord (as George Stebbins) Pat Boone - Hymns We Love (Album) Dot Records DLP 3068 South Africa 1957 Sell This Version
5391 George C. Stebbins - Jerome Hines Sings Gospel Hymns Of The Salvation Army album art Jerome Hines Have Thine Own Way Jerome Hines - Jerome Hines Sings Gospel Hymns Of The Salvation Army(LP, Album) London Records 5391 US 1957 Sell This Version
DST-25068 George C. Stebbins - Hymns We Love album art Pat Boone Have Thine Own Way, Lord (as George Stebbins) Pat Boone - Hymns We Love(Reel, 4tr Stereo) Dot Records DST-25068 US 1957 Sell This Version
DL 8721 George C. Stebbins - Lead Kindly Light:  Hymns That Touch The Heart album art Jesse Crawford Jesus Is Calling (as George Stebbins) Jesse Crawford - Lead Kindly Light: Hymns That Touch The Heart(LP, Glo) Decca DL 8721 US 1958 Sell This Version