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1973 Inductees

Homer Rodeheaver

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Inducted 1973


(1880 – 1955)

Homer Rodeheaver was an American musical evangelist, choral director, music publisher and composer, philanthropist, and in the early twentieth century a pioneer in the processes of recording sacred music.

Homer Roadheaver was a singer and musician, a music evangelist, and generally considered the most prolific recorder of gospel music songs in the acoustical era (1890-1925), a time period before microphones and electronics were used in the recording process. An Ohio native, he was raised in Tennessee and first learned about music playing the cornet. In college he studied law and switched to trombone, which would be his instrument of choice from then on. In 1898 he left college to serve in the Spanish-American War. Having chosen a religious life, around 1904 Rodeheaver joined evangelist William E. Biederwolf as the music director of his meetings and crusades. From 1910 to 1930 Rodeheaver became extremely well-known and popular from serving as the choirmaster and chief soloist for Billy Sunday, the most popular evangelist of the time period; Sunday was the Billy Graham” of the era.

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