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James D. Vaughan

VAUGHAN, James David. b. Giles County, Tennessee, 14 December 1864; d. Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, 9 February 1941. Known as ‘the father of southern gospel music’, Vaughan grew up in Middle Tennessee and attended his first shape note singing school as a teenager (see Shape-note hymnody*). By the age of eighteen he was already teaching singing classes, and he formed a gospel quartet with his brothers. In 1890 he married and moved to Texas where he was influenced by Ephraim T. (E. T.) Hildebrand (1866-1931) of the Hildebrand Burnett Music Company. With Hildebrand’s encouragement, Vaughan started writing gospel songs and published the first one in Crowning Day No. 2 (Dayton, Virginia,...

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