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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George C. Stebbins Discography Tracks

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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 US 1908 Sell This Version
2306 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
40359 Jenkins Family Jesus Is Calling (as Stebbins) Jenkins Family - Shout And Shine For Jesus / Jesus Is Calling(Shellac, 10") Okeh 40359 US 1925 Sell This Version
45104 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
52398 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 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
The Higgins Sisters Have Thine Own Way, Lord The Higgins Sisters - Have Thine Own Way, Lord / Nailed To The Cross Victor US 1930 Sell This Version
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 US 1949 Sell This Version
LPM-1352 Paul Mickelson Have Thine Own Way, Lord (as Stebbins) Paul Mickelson - Best Loved Hymns(LP) RCA Victor LPM-1352 US 1956 Sell This Version
Pat Boone Have Thine Own Way, Lord (as George Stebbins) Pat Boone - Hymns We Love (Album) Dot Records US 1957 Sell This Version
5391 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
T1005, T-1005 Tennessee Ernie Ford Take Time To Be Holy (as Stebbins) Tennessee Ernie Ford - Nearer The Cross(LP, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T1005, T-1005 US 1958 Sell This Version
DL 8721 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
none Bernard Izzo, Betty Jacobson Have Thine Own Way Lord (as Stebbins) Bernard Izzo, Betty Jacobson - Sacred Songs(LP, Mono) Not On Label none US 1958 Sell This Version
W-3070-LP Les Barnett Jesus Is Calling (as Stebbins) and 1 more… Les Barnett - Les Barnett Plays The Hymns Of Fanny Crosby(LP, Album, Mono) Word W-3070-LP US 1959 Sell This Version
SLP 258 Christian Faith Women's Chorus Directed By John Lundberg (3) Saved By Grace (as Stebbins) Christian Faith Women's Chorus Directed By John Lundberg (3) - Songs Of The Saviour(LP) Redemption Records (3) SLP 258 UK 1959 Sell This Version
WST-8081-LP, WST 8081 LP Frank Boggs With The Don Hustad Chorale Saviour, My Heart Is Thine (as Geo. Stebbins) Frank Boggs With The Don Hustad Chorale - Songs Of Hope(LP, Album) Word, Word WST-8081-LP, WST 8081 LP US 1961 Sell This Version
DN 3078 Kim Borg Kiitos Sulle, Jumalani (333, 1. Ja 4. Säk.) (as G. C. Stebbins) Kim Borg - Hengellisiä Lauluja Ja Virsiä 3 (7", EP) Decca DN 3078 Finland 1964 Sell This Version
S.V. 93 Ballarat Civic Male Choir Have Thine Own Way, Lord (as G.C. Stebbins) Ballarat Civic Male Choir - Deep Harmony(LP, Album) Spotlight (2) S.V. 93 Australia 1964 Sell This Version
Kim Borg Kiitos Sulle, Jumalani Kim Borg - Hengellisiä Lauluja Ja Virsiä (Album) Rytmi Finland 1965 Sell This Version
W-3349-LP Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet Take Time To Be Holy (as Stebbins) Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet - The Distinguished Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet(LP) Word W-3349-LP US 1965 Sell This Version
LSP-1733(e) Eddy Arnold Jesus Is Calling (as Stebbins) Eddy Arnold - Praise Him, Praise Him(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor LSP-1733(e) US 1967 Sell This Version
SLRZ 4017 The Festival Chorus Of 1000 Voices Ye Must Be Born Again and 1 more… The Festival Chorus Of 1000 Voices - Festival Of Sounding Praise(LP) Regal Zonophone SLRZ 4017 UK 1967 Sell This Version
ST 2845 Tennessee Ernie Ford And Marilyn Horne Hear Thou My Prayer Tennessee Ernie Ford And Marilyn Horne - Our Garden Of Hymns(LP, Album) Capitol Records, EMI ST 2845 US 1968 Sell This Version
WST-8409-LP, WST 8409 LP Bill Pearce & Dick Anthony Saved By Grace (as Stebbins) Bill Pearce & Dick Anthony - The Rest Of The Way(LP) Word, Word WST-8409-LP, WST 8409 LP US 1969 Sell This Version