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    Creator: Morris, W. J., Eagle, H. M., Mosely, T. B., Beall, B. B. (Benjamin Burk), Patton, J. D. (John Daniel), 1868-, Robinson, K. C., and Showalter, A. J. (Anthony Johnson), 1858-1924
    Date: 1915
    Contributing Institution: Sounding Spirit
    Description: Gospel Glory is the 1915 joint offering of A. J. Showalter & Company of Dalton, Georgia, and its affiliates Showalter-Patton Company in Dallas, Texas, and Perry Brothers Music Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The volume’s composition is representative of the convention book publishing practices then spreading across gospel publishing. In order to market a new flagship collection every year, editors featured almost exclusively newly composed music, with relatively few “standard” selections of earlier hymn tunes and Sabbath School music included. Beyond the regional reach of its publishers, Gospel Glory’s large editorial board, anchored by Showalter (1858–1924), and list of far flung associate authors and special contributors point to gospel music’s ascent to a nationwide style of church music in the early 1900s.
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    Creator: Beall, B. B. (Benjamin Burk)
    Date: 1907
    Contributing Institution: Sounding Spirit
    Description: Editor Benjamin Burke Beall (1874–1945) began publishing gospel songbooks like the successful Joyful Lays series in 1900. When this compilation emerged in 1907, Beall likely envisioned it as the anchor for another series. However, no further issues were printed after Beall dissolved his Douglassville, Georgia publishing company. A graduate of the Texas Musical Institute, Beall then gained employment with influential regional publisher A. J. Showalter while also teaching at that company’s Southern Normal Institute. Beall’s Gospel Songs combines popular turn-of-the-century gospel songs with new compositions by Beall and other members of his circle. These compositions’ complex rhythms, independent parts, and layered textures prefigure the style of professional quartet music that transformed the practice and performance of gospel music across the US South. Beall began performing as a member of Showalter and Company’s house quartet in the 1910s.
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