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Published on Dec 23, 2008
17456-A recorded 9/10/1913
Homer Alvan Rodeheaver (October 4, 1880 December 18, 1955) was an American evangelist, music director, music publisher, composer of gospel songs, and pioneer in the recording of sacred music. In 1913 Rodeheaver began recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company, a relationship that lasted for twenty years. He also recorded for Gennett, Columbia and for his own Rainbow Records label. Some of his records, such as "The Unclouded Day" and "The Great Judgement Morning," were so popular that they had to be rerecorded to keep up with demand. Other records featured Rodeheaver's recitations of sentimental poetry, such as Paul Laurence Dunbar's "When Malindy Sings" (1916). Homer Rodeheaver was also the musical director for the evangelist Billy Sunday. Rodeheaver enjoyed and promoted lively new gospel songs among Sundays congregations. Rodeheaver was a natural showman who could warm his audience with jokes and direct choirs and congregations with his trombone.