Happy 100th, George Beverly Shea

Today, George Beverly Shea celebrates his 100th birthday.

Though not expressly identified as a “Southern Gospel” singer, he was a “Gospel Singer” in the same era when the Blackwood Brothers, Chuck Wagon Gang, Statesmen, and other groups were also simply identified as “Gospel Songers.”

Even more impressive than Shea’s 100 years of life on this earth are his better than six decades of service to the Lord through song. The full impact of his lifetime will never be known till eternity.

What we do know now, at least in part, is some of the impact of his songs. Not only do we have his composition of “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” (written with his mother-in-law), but we also have him to thank for popularizing “How Great Thou Art” and Fanny Crosby’s “To God Be the Glory,” among others.

Visit his website to wish him a happy birthday: http://www.georgebevshea.com/.

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  1. Congratulations to Mr.Shea!

  2. He also wrote the words and music to The Wonder of it All.