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Bill Gaither

Bill Gaither is one of the central figures of 20th century Christian music, a singer and songwriter who originally gained attention as part of the Bill Gaither Trio in the early '70s and became famous in the '90s thanks in large part to Gaither Homecoming, a series of home videos and records that showcased Southern gospel stars. Between those two events -- and well beyond the success of Gaither Homecoming -- Gaither wrote hundreds of gospel songs, including the standard "He Touched Me," usually with his wife Gloria, and he released dozens of albums, either as part of the Bill Gaither Trio, the Gaither Vocal Band, or the Gaither Homecoming. So deep and lasting was his success, the Bill Gaither Trio was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and, by 2004, the Gaither Homecoming tour was rivaling the ticket sales of such secular superstars as Fleetwood Mac and Elton John. In addition to being a popular performer, Gaither co-founded the major inspirational imprint Chapel Hill Music Group, which was later rebranded as Spring Hill.

Such stardom came from humble beginnings. Gaither was born on a farm in Alexandria, India on March 28, 1936; he'd continue to live in Indiana all his life. With his siblings Danny and Mary Ann, he formed the Bill Gaither Trio while attending Indiana's Anderson University in 1956. Three years later, he graduated and started working as an English teacher, marrying Gloria Sickal in 1962. That year, Danny moved to Ohio, and Gloria joined the trio as his replacement. The next year, he wrote "He Touched Me" upon the suggestion of evangelist Dr. Dale Oldham, who thought "touch" would inspire a good gospel song. It did, and "He Touched Me" steadily gained an audience after both Oldham's son Doug and the Bill Gaither Trio recorded it in 1964. The next year, the Imperials did their own version, which caught the ear of Elvis Presley, who cut it in 1971. By that point, Gaither's star was on the rise. For a while, he attempted to navigate teaching and his musical career, but he dedicated himself to music in 1967.

The Bill Gaither Trio started to regularly release albums in 1966 but in 1973, two years after Presley's version of "He Touched Me," the breakthrough arrived when the group released Let's Just Praise the Lord, which won the Grammy for Best Inspirational Performance in 1974. Two years later, the group took home the same award for Jesus, We Just Want to Thank You. The Bill Gaither Trio would also be inducted to the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Trio released several albums over the course of the '80s but during that decade, Gaither's main focus was the Gaither Vocal Band. Originally called the New Gaither Vocal Band upon its 1981 formation -- that's the name on the group's eponymous 1981 debut -- the band had a revolving lineup and over the years, featuring such future CCM stars as Michael English, Jonathan Pierce, David Phelps, and Mark Lowry. The Gaither Vocal Band -- who'd shed the "New" quickly -- recorded regularly from its inception onward, never spending longer than three years between albums. Along the way, they racked up many awards -- no less than 17 Dove Awards, along with Grammys in 1991 (Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for Homecoming) and 2009 (Lovin' Life in the same category).

Gaither's next big project arrived in 1991, when the Gaither Vocal Band recorded an album called Homecoming, featuring several other stars in Southern gospel. Somebody had the foresight to record these guests and the Gaither Vocal Band trading stories and songs, and this footage was released as Homecoming. It turned into a smash hit and, soon, Gaither had the formula for Homecoming: bring in some old stars, some new stars, some emerging artists, and have them all talk and sing on camera. By 1996, the Gaither Homecoming was so successful it spawned a regular concert tour. Later, these live performances could be found on cruises, and the home videos were edited into syndicated television shows.

During the 21st century, Gaither didn't start any new projects, choosing instead to keep Gaither Homecoming and the Gaither Vocal Band thriving. Each project remained popular well into the 2010s, and all the while, Bill and Gloria remained in his hometown of Alexandria, Indiana. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bill Gaither

1. But For The Grace Of God

2. I Wish You

3. The Family Of God

4. Tho' Autumn's Coming On

5. I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief

6. Day By Day

7. We Have This Moment Today

8. These Things Shall Pass

9. You Might Forget The Singer (But You Won't Forget The Song)

10. Some Things I Must Tell The Children

11. Make It Real

12. The Longer I Serve Him

13. Something To Say

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Track List: Bill Gaither Vol. 3 1938-1939

1. Old Coals Will Kindle

2. Babyfied Ways Girl

3. It's Grieving Me

4. Old Model "A" Blues

5. You Done Lost Your Swing No. 2

6. Champ Joe Louis

7. So Much Trouble

8. It's Coming Back Home To You

9. Right Hand Friend

10. If I Was A Devil

11. New Pains In My Heart

14. Sweet Mama

15. Noah's Dove

16. Old Fashioned Woman

17. I Got Your Water On

18. Too Late Too Late

19. New Rocky Mountain Blues

20. Big Time Town Woman

21. When My Woman's Lovin' Someone Else

22. Racket Blues

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Track List: Bill Gaither Vol. 1 1935-1936

1. Naptown Stomp

2. Tired Of That Same Stuff All The Time (12/15/1935)

3. Georgia Woman Stomp (Carrying On Blues)

4. Pains In My Heart

5. Strange Woman

6. Which One I Love The Best

7. Pins And Needles

8. Bad Luck Child

9. You Done Lost Your Swing

10. After The Sun's Gone Down

11. Stoney Lonesome

12. You Done Showed Your D.B.A.

13. Tired Of That Same Stuff All The Time

14. Curbstone Blues

15. Morning Dream

16. Tired Of Your Line Of Jive

17. Too Many Women

18. Evil Hearted Me

19. Gravel In My Bread

20. How Long Baby How Long?

21. I & N Blues

22. Bout The Break Of Day

23. Who's Been Here Since I Been Gone

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Track List: Bill Gaither Vol. 2 1936-1938

1. You Done Showed Your D.B.A. No. 2

2. Tee-Ninecy Mama (Sweet Little Mama)

3. Just The Wrong Man

4. Jiving Man Blues

5. You're A Mean Mistreater

6. Sunrise Blues

7. Oreneriest Girl In Town

8. Leven Light City (Feat. Frank Busby)

9. Prisoner Bound (Feat. Frank Busby)

10. New Bad Luck Child

11. New Little Pretty Mama

12. I'm Wise To Your Sweet Line Of Jive

13. I Just Keep On Worrying

14. Blake Street Blues

15. New Evil Hearted Blues

16. Won't You Tell Me Baby

17. Tired Of Sleeping By Myself

18. Rocky Mountain Blues

19. In The Wee Wee Hours

20. Do Like You Want To Do

21. Thousand Years And A Day

22. Mean Old World To Live In

23. Do Like I Want To Do

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Track List: Bill Gaither Vol. 5 1940-1941

1. Tired Of Your Trifling Ways

2. Life Of Leroy Carr

3. Love Crying Blues

4. Love Trifling Blues

5. Georgia Barrel House

6. Wandering Rosa Lee

7. Money Kills Love

8. It's Just A Woman's Way

9. A Short Cut To The Grave

10. I'm Behind The 8 Ball Now

11. Moonshine By The Keg

12. Why Is My Baby So Nice To Me

13. Uncle Sam Called The Roll

14. I Got So Many Women

15. I Can Drink Muddy Water

16. You Done Ranked Yourself With Me

17. 1941 Blues

18. Jealous Woman Blues

19. That Will Never Do

20. Please Baby

21. It's A Sad Story

22. Old Rainy Day Blues

23. Why Do You Tease Me So?

24. Worried Life Blues

25. Bad Luck Child's Bequest

26. Creole Queen

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Track List: Bill Gaither Vol. 4 1939

1. Army Bound Blues

2. Sing Sing Blues

3. Kentland Blues

4. Lazy Woman Blues

5. See My Grieve Blues

6. Wintertime Blues

7. Another Big Leg Woman

8. Greyhound Blues

9. Changing Blues

10. Jungle Man Blues

11. Hard Way To Go

12. New So Much Trouble

13. Mean Devil Blues

14. Stony Lonesome Graveyard

15. Cheatin' Blues

16. Bloody Eyed Woman

17. Bachelor Man Blues

18. Evil Yalla Woman

19. It's Too Late Now

20. Sweet Woman Blues

21. Triflin' Woman Blues

22. Rainy Morning

23. Fairy Tale Blues

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Track List: Bill Gaither's 20 All Time Favorite Homecoming Songs and Performances Volume 1

1. Farther Along

2. Sweet Beulah Land

3. My Tribute

4. Joy Comes In The Morning

5. Rock Of Ages (Live)

6. In The Garden (Live)

7. I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary

8. Whispering Hope

9. If I Can Help Somebody

10. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

11. Lord, Send Your Angels

12. I'm Free

13. The King Is Coming

14. Through It All

15. The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

16. Highway To Heaven

17. The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference

18. Standing In The Need Of Prayer

19. Oh, What A Time (Live)

20. Climbing Jacob's Ladder Ann Downing, The Ruppes, The Nelons, Greater Vision

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ctgregory38
They are Great Songs of the Faith, written & inspired by God. Thank you Gaither Family for the many Blessings thru music.
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gayleenking
The music of Bill and Gloria Gaither have ministered to me for years. I enjoy every song played on Pandora. Thank you.
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Are God is a asome God!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Bill Gaitherr and wife Gloria are blessed Singers and writers
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Yes it is shouting time
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I Love listening to your music, It's so uplifting to my soul.Makes me want to sing along.God Bless you always.
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Thank you for this uplifting music. It speaks to the hope we have in our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
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I like his songs.
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Always blessed anointed music !
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KATIE GOFORTH
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GODS GRACE Is AWESOME and never ending
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I'm trying to find the Album that has Holy Hiway on it and I can't find it!
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David Phelps has an awesome voice. Love to hear him.
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Thank you, but I already have most of your Homecoming's & Special Christmas with Guy Penrod 2015. Saving our money for a much needed Vacation, to Dallas, TX where most of my kids & grandkids are. 73 health poor.
Love your music! Listen to. It everyday. Have my Alarm set to wake with.
God Bless you all as you have blessed me!♡
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My favorite is the Gaither Vocal Band & songs The old Rugged Cross Made The Differne! The Happy Goodman &Vestal song The Hills Of Heaven Are Calling me. Gaith Vocal Band song I'll Rise Again♡
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conniedan
David Phelps--I love your voice. Connie--Wilm i n g t o n , Delaware.
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T.Labram,Lov e it. Real music for the heart&soul.
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My favorite I guess would be Guy Penrod , with a close runner up Gaither Vocal Band
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Vestal is one of my favorites. So sorry she not here to sing on earth. But I know the Angels are loving her in that heavenly choir
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Love me some Lynda Randal
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Absolutely fantastic... w h e n we all get to heaven - GLORY!
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My grand daughter was in my room. She asked if she could listen to the music I had on. It was the anointing she sensed so of course I told her get on the bed with me.
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valenciaylew i s
I LOVE this song hymn, but I thought it was written by Doris Akers
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This song is all time favorite. This lady sings it so beautiful.
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Love the good old gospel music
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Thanks Bill
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Thank You Bill I love listening. To you all My Biggest. wish is to meet You all. But on a low income When I can't sleep I put Pandora on and listen to the Gather Group Love You All
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tammywaldner
I'd be surprise if he nows how. I AM NOT MAKEING FUN OF HIM.
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Thank you so much Bill! I sincerely love your music. May the Lord continue to bless your musicians.
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Great music Hot springs ark
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Why don't Bill Gaither comment back
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I look forward to seeing everyone when

Jesus comes I will see all my love ones

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Love songs in church Sunday
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Glory!
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decemberdrea m 4 7
I look forward for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and I love the the Gaithier music
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when I listen Gaithers singing help me to dissolve stress, I love them.
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Love Gaithers singer they are great ❤️Amy from Mississippi ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Amen!
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To deanrn77 2years ago. We hear this, and yes it's beautiful but just think how it will sound when we get home,to Sweet Beulah Land.
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with all their awards and accolades they are still down home folks that is what I love about them and of course their wonderful praises
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Praise God
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Praise the Lord!
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To Bill and the Gang. I listen to your show on Enlighten and everything by y'all that I can get my hands on! My husband of only 14 years passed away very suddenly on August 19th, 2014. If I didn't have the encouragemen t I think I'd be lost. I know that I will be with him and our Lord and Savior ON THE GREAT DAY for all of eternity, so please keep up the good stuff and never stop praising God. you are more of a life line than you know!
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Beautiful music and blessings favorite songs
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Glory!
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My favorite group
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