Harry Eskew

ESKEW, Harry Lee. b. Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 2 July 1936; d. Macon, Georgia, 29 November 2020. Eskew was one of three children born to Robert Lee and Edith Toccoa Eskew (née Callahan). His earliest musical influence was his mother, who was a piano teacher. He first became interested in the hymn stories as an undergraduate music major at Furman University (AB 1958). His fascination with Shape-note singing* grew during his graduate studies at Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana (his thesis was on William Walker* (‘Singing Billy’), MSM 1960), and at Tulane University with Gilbert Chase (1906-1992), where his PhD dissertation was ‘Shape-Note Hymnody in...

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