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Thomas Andrew Dorsey, born on July 1, 1899, in Villa Rica, Georgia, and passing away on January 23, 1993, in Chicago, Illinois, was an influential American songwriter, singer, and pianist renowned as the “Father of Gospel Music” for his energetic blues arrangements of traditional gospel hymns.

Dorsey, raised in a family of a revivalist preacher, developed an early fascination with blues piano in the Atlanta area. He delved into secular “hokum” music, contributing as a composer, arranger, pianist, and vocalist from 1910 to 1928. In 1916, he relocated to Chicago, where he studied at the College of Composition and Arranging. During the 1920s, he toured with Ma Rainey and led his own bands, featuring notable artists like the slide guitarist Tampa Red.

Shifting gears in 1929, Dorsey embraced a religious context, intentionally infusing blues elements into spiritual themes. His repertoire of optimistic and sentimental gospel songs, including the renowned “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” (1932), became gospel standards. Dorsey was prolific in recording during the early 1930s, self-publishing sheet music and lyrics. By 1932, he served as the choral director at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago and founded the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses in 1933, presiding over it for four decades. Although he ceased recording in 1934, he continued extensive touring into the 1940s. In the later years, he focused on lecturing and administrative responsibilities while maintaining his songwriting contributions.

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