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Homer Rodeheaver and the Rise of the Gospel Music Industry

Kevin Mungons and Douglas Yeo


Homer Rodeheaver rose to national prominence in the early 20th century as the trombone-playing songleader for Billy Sunday. For twenty years they captured attention with city-wide revival meetings, a mix of sincere devotion, popular religion, and modern marketing methods. In an era when music styles were emerging as marketable genres, Rodeheaver created a brand of gospel music that cast an enormous influence on popular music. Borrowing from evangelical hymns, African American spirituals, and popular music, he built a publishing empire in Chicago, selling hymnals as a way to encourage community ... More

Keywords: gospel music, spirituals, southern gospel, black gospel, popular religion, popular music, evangelical, recorded music, hymns, music industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043840
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Mungons, author

Douglas Yeo, author
Wheaton College