Doug Oldham falls, breaks back

Doug Oldham, a noted Inspirational soloist of the 1970s who helped popularize many of Bill and Gloria Gaither’s compositions (and collaborated with them on a few), recently fell and broke his back. Via Mark Lowry’s Tumblr, Oldham’s daughter states:

It’s been 8 days since my dad fell and broke his back. We are still waiting for the surgery to take place. It is scheduled now for Wednesday. He is at UVA getting wonderful care, however their hesitation has been that the surgery is very intense and risky. This is especially true for dad because of his age and health. His odds are not great but God’s odds are awesome!

Update (7/21/10): Doug Oldham has passed away.

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  1. I really hated to read this yesterday. I pray that there would be great miracle adn that his daughters faith continues to minister and inspire people.

  2. It hurts to hear what has happened to Doug. He was an inspiration to me when I was growing up. I agree with all those that are praying for God’s healing Hand to be with him through this hard time. I know God has the power to bring complete healing to his back. God bless you and your family!

  3. see Mark Lowry’s blog, Doug Oldham passed away around one this morning

    • Thanks; I just posted a new post with the update.

  4. The first gospel music artist I ever drove for was Doug Oldham. It was in 1972 and was his first West Coast tour. It sparked the intense desire to do what I enjoy being a part of now.

    He will be sorely missed. He was such a communicator in song.

  5. Doug blessed my mother and I SOOO much in the 70’s and 80’s, when he sang at Liberty Baptist Church!!!

    I have a 33 LP album…

    His personal testimony touched my heart immensely, helping me deal with sin in my own life! Doug’s delivery was such a blessing!!

    Bless the family and all Doug’s friends.

    We shall sing together One Day in Heaven!!

    In Jesus’ Love,


    Rom. 8:28

  6. My thoughts & prayers go out to the family and friends of Doug Oldham at the news of his passing. His strong sweet voice will echo in my mind forever. In the late 1960’s, Doug along with Bill Gaither came to our church for a Music Workshop on a Saturday. I was honored to join Doug and Bill, as the (drafted) teenage-alto of this trio, to sing “He Touched Me.” No one else has ever matched the caliber of Doug Oldham’s presentation of He Touched Me.

  7. I did not know that Doug Oldham had fallen, nor that he had passed away, but one day last July I sat by a campfire at a lake in Minnesota by myself & a song he had recorded came to my mind. I began singing part of it over & over & it gave me such peace. The song was What A Day That Will Be . . . When My Jesus I Shall See . . .

    Later I learned of Doug being in the presence of God. I was so blessed to have remembered a song that I had not thought of in years. God continued to use Doug to bring peace to my soul.

    To God Be The Glory!


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