Doug Oldham passes away

Via Mark Lowry’s blog, Doug Oldham’s breathing slowed and then stopped early this morning. He had recently fallen and broken his back, and was in the hospital awaiting a very risky surgery, which it was thought he might not survive.

He was a noted Christian soloist, who introduced and helped popularize many of Bill and Gloria Gaither’s early works.


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  1. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this, although it’s much better for him to not have to go through the ordeal of surgery/recovery.
    I’m listening to Doug sing “The Wonder Of It All” right now…just beautiful. He was always one of my favorite singers.
    His family and friends are in my prayers.

  2. My deepest sympathies in your sudden loss of Doug.I will be praying that God will give you an extra measure of His grace and peace at this sad and difficult time.

  3. What a great talent he was. I always loved his take on Gaither songs. He was one of the first I remember who could speak a song and make it worth listening to. His version of the King is coming has always been one of my favorites

    • Amen! He will certainly be missed!

  4. I was unfamiliar with Doug Oldham, so I decided to go find a video of him and found this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGgyrGUA5SM

    A Gaither medley: “Thanks to Calvary,” “I’m Free,” and “The King is Coming.” If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s a must-watch. If you have, watch it again. If you don’t get a little misty-eyed at some point… check your pulse and make sure you’re still a living, breathing human being!

    I love to watch Glen’s face in this video. I imagine Glen must have been one of the first to welcome Doug when he made his entrance into paradise. And what an entrance he must have made.

    RIP Doug. You were a hero of the faith too.

  5. Great singer, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a singer with more passion and heart in his voice, except for maybe Rosie Rozell. Doug could have you in tears from his first note, and you took in every word he sang. He will be missed.

  6. This link shows more than just being an old friend between Bill Gaither & Doug Oldham.

    It shows an unique spiritual relationship they had for the One touches everyone who asks.

    Doug was a fixture on in the early days of the Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour now known as Liberty Live from Thomas Road.

    During those early days, Doug traveled throughout the Northeast singing at youth rallies in places like Philadelphia, Detroit, New York City and Boston.

  7. Doug will be greatly missed by everyone.
    Great Singer, Great Human Being and Loved all people. Our prayers are with the FAMILY.

  8. My deepest condolence to the Oldham family. Though I live far away here in Shillong, India, I am very much impressed by Doug after I’ve seen him sing in the Gaither Homecoming videos. He was a great inspiration to me. The Gaither videos are fast losing out old grey-haired legends.

  9. I just learned of Doug Oldham’s “going home” while searching for a song that he sang that was powerfully used by God in my life. I was walking to work in the early morning hours and was in an incredibly difficult situation struggling to trust God in it. I was listening to him on tape (this was many years ago) and he began to sing “This is the Time I Must Sing.” The lines, “It’s my time to sing praises, to the God of the Ages / Oh, this is the time I must sing,” came to me through God Spirit in great power. I was lifted up and out of the pain and struggle to the thought: what better time to sing praises to God. Its easy to sing praises to God when we are not hurting from life, but the real gift of love I can choose to give Him is to sing praises to Him in the midst my pain.I never forgot this moment. Looking forward to meeting this man in heaven and thanking him for ministering to my heart and giving me courage to go on and sing praises to God.

  10. 02/20/13 – I WOKE UP SINGING A SONG MY MOM USED TO SING IN CHURCH AS I WAS GROWING UP IN A DIRT FLOOR PENTECOSTAL CHURCH. “IF IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER OH LORD” I THOUGHT BACK THE TIMES HOW BLESSED MY MOTHER WOULD GET SINGING THE SONGS ON INSPIRATION SUNG BY MR OLDHAM. AND “FILL MY CUP LORD ” WAS ALSO A FAVORITE. HIS SONGS ARE STILL EFFECTING PEOPLE THIS DAY. GOD BLESS DOUG. WHAT A BLESSING HE WAS. NOW HE’S SINGING IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIM WHEN I GET THERE.

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