Songwriter John Peterson Passes Away

John Peterson, who wrote songs like “Surely Goodness and Mercy” and “Over the Sunset Mountains,” passed away on September 20th. During his long career, he wrote over 1,000 Gospel songs, and founded the John W. Peterson Music Company. He is survived by his wife of 62 years and by his three daughters.

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  1. Thanks for posting that. I am well aware of John W. Peterson’s work, and my dad loves stuydying American Hymnody, but I had not heard that he had passed away. My prayers are with his family and friends.

  2. Thank you for commenting.

    Peterson died about two weeks ago. It didn’t make big news in Southern Gospel music; I only heard about it wihen I was tracking the sources of visits to the website and happened by

    But I notice that now–two weeks late, and only after I make mention of it–SoGospelNews has the story. Maybe, just maybe, they read this blog. 🙂

    And in case you’re reading these comments–I plan to say nice things about you. 🙂

  3. Thanks, Dan.
    We tried to get fresh news closely related to SG from the non-traditional sources outside the world of Southern Gospel.

  4. Thank you. You don’t just try, you succeed!

    I don’t believe anyone would have come up with that one if you hadn’t tipped the world of Southern Gospel off to it.