Jesus Music Artist




Some Gospel Artist too.


I have also started a new page in memory of those who have gone home. If you are aware of any that I have not discovered yet let me know and I will add them.  I have not omitted any intentionally. However I have discovered these while searching their records or life. I felt it would be appropriate to keep their memories alive, but To God be the Glory.  I have added the some gospel artist as Gospel Music went through the same dynamic expansion that Jesus music did during the same time frame.

Andraé Edward Crouch (July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer and pastor. Referred to as “the father of modern gospel music” by contemporary Christian and gospel music professionals. Wikipedia

Ann Grant of Ann Grant & the Little Lights 24 Jan 2006

Ann Gerel Hackler,  Cherished Daughter, Darling Wife, Loving Mother, Extraordinary teacher, patient counselor, lover of people and loved by all who knew her. Your beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and reassuring voice will be missed every day. The joy you added to our lives was constant and boundless. Our grief in your absence is inexpressible. You lived what you taught: “Let your light so shine before men.” Age 46 of St. Paul, answered her Master’s call on January 24, 2006. Preceded in death by grandparents, Rev. S.G. and Jessie Norris. Survived by devoted husband, Scott; sons, Grant Thomas and Sheldon Stuart; parents, Rev. Gerald and Eleanor (Norris) Grant; aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. She died of Cancer.

Rev. BH Clendennen b. 22 May 1922 – 13 Dec 2009 Here is where you can find an Obituary

Billy Preston – Preston had battled kidney disease in his later years, brought on by his hypertension. He received a kidney transplant in 2002, but his health continued to deteriorate. He died on June 6, 2006, in Scottsdale, Arizona, of complications of malignant hypertension that resulted in kidney failure and other complications. Called the “5th Beatle”.

Bo Hansson – 1972 Lord of the Rings instrumental record.

Born: April 10, 1943, Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: April 23, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

Bob Nottingham – Robert Jay Nottingham

Birth: Apr. 20, 1940, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

Death: Feb. 23, 1978, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

Robert Nottingham, a leukemia victim who faced impending death for six years by giving speeches, prayers and songs, died Thursday at his Lake Oswego home

Bob C. Olsen – of The Apostles died 8 Feb 2011 Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ

Bobby Miller – Sad  news: Bobby Miller, half of this group

Christian Stevens, lost his brave battle against cancer last week.  He has been called home to God, and is free of pain. He will be missed.

Bruce Wright from Servant

Candy Holly – of the Singing Holly’s.

Charles McPheters – an obituary in the September 1982 issue of CCM magazine. But on 31st July, 1982 Charles lost his battle with stomach cancer and died aged 38.

Rev. Chuck Smith – Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 86.

Chris Daniel from the Old Christian Music blog. 10/29/70 – 1/11/13 from CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Polyneuropathy).

Clint Holly – of the Singing Holly’s.

Dan Betzer And Louie – Dan passed away in 2007 Louie has retired from show business and is in residence at the Assemblies Of God headquarters in Springfield, Mo where you may visit him.

Dan Gaub died last year.  Yakima Herald obit  : 

Daniel John Gaub, 53, of Yakima, WA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 4, 2012, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Daniel was born March 12, 1959 in Hazard, Kentucky to Ken & Barbara (Mains) Gaub.

Daniel spent his youth traveling as the lead guitarist of a Gospel Band called Eternity Express/Illustrator.

In April of 1981, Dan married his childhood sweetheart, Dawndee Johnston, also of Yakima. After the band fulfilled its mission, they made their home here in Yakima. Dan was a member of Stone Church, where he and his whole family continued to be very active in the musical ministry.

Dan made helping others his life’s mission. He mentored hundreds of people worldwide to accomplish life changing goals. Dan served on the executive board of Ken Gaub Ministries.

It also seems there was a dark side to Dan as well. Google Dan Gaub and Scam for additional info or look on Youtube a read the comments. Not for me to judge that’s God’s job, just reporting what I read.   diakoneo

Dan McBride – McBRIDE, Dan; 63;  Jacksonville TX; Tyler M-T; 2002-3-15

Daniel McClennaghan – Singer songwriter country gospel. Pastor of Calvary chapel Bishop ca. Canada

Danny Gaither – Danny Gaither (November 20, 1938 – April 6, 2001), was a gospel music singer from Alexandria, Indiana and an original member of the world-famous Bill Gaither Trio.

Danny Taylor

Dan Peek – Guitarist, Songwriter and Performer.  Dan went to Heaven on July 24, 2011. The music and minsitry lives on. As a founder member of the grammy award winning supergroup America, Dan Peek’s autobiography An American Band – The America Story tells the story of the formative years of America and the rock and roll life in a 1970’s Supergroup.

Dana Key – member of the group Degarmo and Key, who died last night 6 Jun 2010 from a ruptured pulmonary embolism at the age of 56.

Danniebelle Hall (October 6, 1938 – December 28, 2000), was a gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA and sang with Andraé Crouch and the Disciples, she had a solo career as well.

Rev. Dave Wilkerson – David Ray Wilkerson (May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011)[1] was an American Christian evangelist, best known for his book The Cross and the Switchblade. He was the founder of the addiction recovery program Teen Challenge, and founding pastor of the non-denominational Times Square Church in New York.

David Hackney – died in 2000 from lung cancer. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Founding member of Death and The 4th Movement.

David Rees of Mighty Flyers.

Dennis Krause of the Hallelujah Joy Band passed away after complications following heart surgery Saturday August 19, 2017.

Denny Correll

Don Baldwin AKA Dan Betzer – passed away in 2007.  His friend and partner retired from show business and may be visited at the headquarters of the Assemblies Of God Church in Springfield, MO.

Don Hill – Part of the group Sweet Revival passed away in 1991.

Dottie Rambo – Mar. 2, 1934, born Joyce Reba Luttrell in Kentucky, passed May 11, 2008. A well known gospel writer/musician, has written over 2,500 songs!

Eva Mae LeFevre -d.o.b. Aug. 7, 1917 , S. Carolina, passed Monday, May 18, 2009, age 91. In 1954 Eva Mae named First Queen of Gospel. Her husband Urias LeFevre passed in 1979.

Floyd Eugene Robinson – passed away 28 May 2016. Additional info

Fred Lowery (2 November 1909 – 11 December 1984) was a blind professional whistler.

Gary Arthur of The Way.

Father Geoffrey Beaumont (1903 – 1970) – With Patrick Appleford he founded the ‘20th Century Light Music Group

Glen Campbell – d.o.b. April 22, 1936, Arkansas, passed August 2017, age 81.

Glen Payne of Weatherford Quartet, d.o.b. Oct. 20,
1926 – Oct. 15, 1999, age 72.

Rev. Grady Nutt – Grady Lee Nutt (September 2, 1934 – November 23, 1982) was a Southern Baptist minister, humorist, television personality, and author. His humor revolved around rural Southern Protestantism and earned him the title as “The Prime Minister of Humor.”

Rev. Graham Pulkington – Rev. William Graham Pulkington – b. 14 Sep 1926  – d. 16 Apr 1993 A founding rector for the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer based in Houston, Texas.
He was married to Betty Pulkingham. Together they developed & founded both The Community Of Celebration and The Fisherfolk.

Rev. Jack W. Hester – May 25, 1930  –  February 14, 2016 Jack released 2 albums that have made it into The Archivist “The Rapture” and “Tribulation”.

Janny Grein – On August 4th, 2011, Janny stepped through the door she had told so many of, and discovered it was all real.

Birth: Nov. 6, 1946, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA

Death: Aug. 4, 2011, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA

JIM BOUTEL – D. Mid 1990’s Member of Silmiral

Jim Hess of Agape

Jim McDaniel, Pastor talked about having groups come to his church, Dallas Holms and The Imperials are two groups I remember him talking about. Went to be with Jesus 28 Jul 2016. He was born 26 Dec 1956.

Jim Moore of the group Dust and Ashes

Jim Wheeler – 1980 shortly after recording his album In Concert/To Live Is Christ

Joe Finn – AKA JOSEPH PATRICK FINN Born on April 24, 1942 of Avon-by-the-Sea passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Saturday, Nov. 22, at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey. Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 23, 2008

JOE LIGON – 11 Dec 2016 – founder and leader of The Mighty Clouds of Joy.

John Carl Ylvisaker – September 11, 1937 – March 9, 2017

John Mathews, d.o.b. Aug. 25, 1923- Aug. 1, 2005, started singing with Rebel’s Quartet in the 50’s, later sang with his family aka John Mathews Family, in the 70’s.

John Pac of Parchment.

Brother John Rydgren.

Born: February 14, 1932 in North Dakota

Died: December 26, 1988 in Los Angeles

Artist Biography by Steve Leggett

Born February 14, 1932, John Rydgren (or Brother John, as he came to be known as an on-air DJ and radio personality) was an ordained minister in the American Lutheran Church, and for a time was a director of the American Lutheran Church’s radio and television films division. His claim to pop history fame came in the 1960s and early ’70s when his early syndicated FM radio shows, most notably the show called Silhouettes, which was broadcast across the U.S. (and in Vietnam) between 1966 and 1968, reached a wide-ranging audience. Positioning himself as a sort of “hip preacher” between Christianity on one hand and the emerging “Flower Power” generation on the other, Rydgren interspersed progressive and psychedelic rock tracks with his thoughts on spirituality, philosophy, and the changing times, all in a deep, sincere, and affecting baritone. He also released three LPs of his thoughts and musings laid over a backdrop of fuzz guitars, heavenly choirs, and sitar drones, Worlds of Youth (1966), Cantata for New Life (1967), and Silhouette Segments (1968), during this time period. He died on December 26, 1988, from a heart attack at the age of 56. Omni Records reissued remastered versions of Rydgren‘s three LPs, along with bonus tracks and an additional LP, They Say, in a two-disc set in 2012.

John W. Peterson (songwriter/composer) from Lindsborg Kansas d.o.b. Nov. 1, 1921 – Sept. 20, 2006, passed of prostrate cancer in Scottsdale AZ.  Father of Peterson trio gals who recorded albums in early 70’s. He wrote over 1,000 songs, had hymnals to include the 1961 red cover “Great Hymns Of Faith”.

Joseph R. Zsigray, Jr., passed away 28 Jan 2014 at his home in Corozal, Belize, where he lived half the year. He was 61. He was born Jan. 19, 1953, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, to Doris and Joseph Zsigray, and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He made music “even when he was tiny,” his mother said. He had a heart attack.

Jon Linn – passed away in October of 2000. Larry Norman stated, “Jon was crossing the street and was hit by a car.”

Jonathan David Blocker (Brown) – Producer of many Christian albums during the Jesus Music Era including Daniel Amos and Karen Lafferty for just a couple.

CCM Producer Jonathan David Brown, d.o.b. Nov.20, 1955 – Sept. 27, 2016, age 60. Produced albums for many CCM artists such as Daniel Amos, Twila Paris, Glen Campbell, Petra, David Meece, Mark Heard, Tom Howard and Bob Bennett. I really like how Twila Paris summed him, “genius producer” and that he was! He complimented many of Twila Paris’ songs as background vocalist.

Jonathan send the following email to Ozark Ken:

“You are looking at Russ Taff’s early Jesus Music era recording with his group, “the sounds of Joy”.  I recorded, produced and mixed this classic lp in Oklahoma City for Andrae Crouch’s “Shalom Records” when I was 18 years old! It was done during the same time period that I recorded my own Jesus Music Group “Seth” also on Shalom. After that time I went on to produce numerous titles in Contemporary Christian Music, such as 5 recordings for Petra, 6 for Twila Paris, 2 for Steve Taylor, Glen Campbell, David Meece, Bill Gaither Trio, the Archers and dozens of others. There are no credits anywhere on the recording, but there is no mistaking Russ’ voice. The recording includes a classic rendition of Maranatha Music’s Erick Nelson song “He Lives”.

ps. you are going to flip when you hear Russ on those tracks. there are a few tunes that are “in his closet” really wild! (like the one about going to hell!).”

Judee Sill (born Judith Lynne Sill, October 7, 1944 – November 23, 1979) before dying of drug abuse in 1979. Her eponymous debut album was released in late 1971 and was followed around eighteen months later by Heart Food. She also recorded demos for a third album in 1974, which were released with other rarities on the 2005 two-disc collection Dreams Come True.


Oct. 7, 1944
Alameda County
California, USA


Nov. 23, 1979
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA


Keith Brown passed Oct. 22, 2016. He had 2 CCM releases in early 90’s and later went to Nashville to do songwriting for country artists.

Keith Green – Keith Gordon Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American contemporary Christian music pianist, singer and songwriter originally from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Along with eleven others, Keith Green died on July 28, 1982, when the Cessna 414 leased by Last Days Ministries crashed after takeoff from the private airstrip located on the LDM property. The small two-engine plane was carrying twelve passengers and the pilot, Don Burmeister, for an aerial tour[18] of the LDM property and the surrounding area.

Kevin Thomson – brother of Rick and longtime bassist for the group [The Southern Comfort Band], died on May 30, 2010, after a long illness.

LaBreeska Hemphill – 2015?

Larry Norman – Larry David Norman (April 8, 1947 – February 24, 2008 was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. He was considered to be one of the pioneers of Christian rock music at the age of 60 at his home in Salem, Oregon.

Lloyd Boldman of Prodigal.

Lonnie Frisbee.

June 6, 1949, Costa Mesa, California, US

Died March 12, 1993 (aged 43), Orange County, California

Frisbee contracted AIDS and died from complications associated with the condition. At his funeral at the Crystal Cathedral, Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith eulogized Frisbee as a Samson-like figure; that being a man through whom God did many great works, but was the victim of his own struggles and temptations. Some saw this as further maligning Frisbee’s work and an inappropriate characterization at a funeral service. Others, such as Frisbee friend John Ruttkay, saw the Samson analogy as spot on, and said so at his funeral.  Frisbee was interred in the Crystal Cathedral Memorial Gardens.

Marbel Holly – of the Singing Holly’s.

Marcellaise Tigner, Former Eugene resident and recording artist Marcellaise Tigner, who performed as Little Marcy, died May 17, 2012 in Redmond at age 90.

MARCUS UZILEVSKY, aka Rusty Evans. Mr. Uzilevsky died Dec. 5, 2015 at his home in Woodacre at age 78. He had a history of heart disease, family members said. full obit can be found here.

Marijohn Wilkins– d.o.b. July 14, 1920 in TX, passed in Nashville TN of heart disease, Oct. 28, 2006 at 86

Mark Heard – John Mark Heard (December 16, 1951 – August 16, 1992) was a record producer, folk-rock singer, and songwriter originally from Macon, Georgia, USA.

Matthew Peregrine – D. Mid 1990’s Member of Silmiral

Michael Jon Albrecht of trio Albrect, Roley & Moore, began CCM in late 1970’s, the trio disbanded 1980.  d.o.b. unknown, death was known to be Oct. 2007.

Michael Lehr BORN 1925passed into glory during the night of 27 March, 2010, after a significant illness.

Mike Johnson, Michael Craig “Mike” Johnson

Birth: Oct. 11, 1945, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA

Death: Feb. 9, 2013, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA

Michael Craig Johnson passed into the loving arms of Jesus around 10pm, February 9, 2013 from cardiac arrest. He was 67. For additional information you can google to read the Obituaries.    diakoneo

Mikel Kennedy 1998 car crash was a folksinger songwriter with the Fisherfolk and Keyhole groups. Left a wife and five children.

Muriel W. Linton – d. 10 Dec 2006 in M inneapolis, MN.  Her life’s works including being: a missionary, artist, art teacher, author, ventriloquist for “Candy, Andy and the Little Preacher”, humorist, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneur.

Nancy F. A. Woolnough – Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at age 93.  Creator of The Adventures of Raindrops.

Norman Barratt – born 5 Feb 1949 in England and died 30 Jul 2011 in England fron severer post surgical complications. He was part of the British band Gravey Train, went on to preform as a session player for many Christian artist providing some incendiary guitar work.  For additional information See article here.

Norman Ezell – Born: October 7, 1941 in Chelsea, Alabama, USA Died: May 8, 2010 Lodi, California. Norman grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico before attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant on a football and basketball scholarship. There he helped form a band called the Mutineers (along with Michael Rabon, John Durrill, James Grant and James Wright), which moved to Dallas after graduation and became the Five Americans, who disbanded in 1969.  Norman went on to become a Christian and released at least 2 albums A Light Is Shining, and Resurrection Day. He also wrote 2 books.  Additional information can be found here.

Paul Tutmarc – b. 29 May 1896 Minneapolis, Minnesota – 25 Sep 1972 Seattle, Washington Electric Guitar creator.

Paul “Bud” Tutmarc Jr. – 11 Jul 1924 Centralia, WA –  4 Dec 2006 Seattle, WA, over 25 record albums mostly Christian. Son of Paul Tutmarc developer of the electric guitar.

Peter Janssens – orn 17 June 1934 in Telgte, Germany and died 24 December 1998 in Telgte, Germany.

Peter R. Scholtes – MADISON – Peter R. Scholtes, age 70, died on Saturday, July 11, 2009, in his home surrounded by family.

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RAY A. LeFEVRA, 56, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at DuPont Hospital. – See more at:]
Ray Ruff – The driving force behind and producer of Truth of Truths, until his untimely passing in September 2005. See: Comment by Don J. Long on plans to reissue the album.

Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American Christian music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. On September 19, 1997, Rich Mullins and his friend Mitch McVicker were traveling on I-39 north of Bloomington, Illinois to a benefit concert in Wichita, Kansas when his Jeep flipped over. They were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. When a passing semi-trailer truck swerved to avoid the Jeep, Mullins, who was too injured to move out of the way, was hit by the truck and died instantly. McVicker was badly injured but survived. Additional information can be found :

Pastor Robert C. “Bob” Girard, Our Heritage Wesleyan Methodist Church, author of Bretheran Hang Loose.

Robert C. Girard, Born January 22, 1932 – Died June 19, 2007. Born to Colby and Viola Girard in Aberdeen, South Dakota on January 22, 1932, Robert went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007. He was a graduate of Miltonvale Wesleyan College in Miltonvale, KS, and was an internationally recognized speaker and best selling author of seven published books, including “Brethren Hang Loose” (1972), the Bible Commentary Sunday school curriculum for Scripture Press/David C Cook Publishers, and his most recent A Smart Guide To The Bible- The Book Of Acts, released on June 19th, the morning he died. Selah. During his 50+ years in ministry, Bob shepherded several churches in 4 different states. In 1965, he packed up and moved his family from Minneapolis, MN to Scottsdale, AZ where he lived for 14 years and founded Our Heritage Wesleyan Church (now Scottsdale Wesleyan). While at Our Heritage, “Pastor Bob” impacted thousands of lives through his devotion to Jesus Christ and His Word, his creative and innovative approach to ministry, and his fierce commitment to the body of Christ, his fellow believers. In 1981 the family relocated north to Lake Montezuma, AZ. There Bob strapped on a set of nail bags, built his family a home with his own hands, and settled in to the new community. He loved his new life, where some of his favorite activities were chopping wood to heat his house, driving the local school bus, and singing with his wife and family in various community and church events, where his signature deep resonant voice moved listeners to ponder just what God might sound like. He enjoyed especially his years as fireman and engineer for the local volunteer fire department. Bob is loved and respected in the community and was scheduled to be co- Grand Marshall of this year’s Fourth-of-July parade in Lake Montezuma, along with his wife, Audrey. Bob finished out his professional ministry at Montezuma Chapel in Lake Montezuma, where he pastored for over for 17 years and has remained an elder since retiring in 1998. He is deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years, Audrey, of Lake Montezuma, his children- Christine Poehls and her husband Vern of Chandler, AZ, Charity Worden and her husband Scott of Lake Montezuma, and Bobby Girard and his wife, Meghan, of Brush Prairie, WA, thirteen grand children, three great-grand children, his step-mother Leila Girard, and 8 brothers and sisters- Carol Gregg, Wendell Girard, Tommy Girard, Charlotte Girard, Marilyn Jacobson, Susan Quattlebaum, Darlene Komora, and Colby Girard, Jr. Bob is now joyfully reunited with his children who preceeded him in death- Dixi, Jean Marie, and Billy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Montezuma Chapel (PO Box 5053, Lake Montezuma, AZ 86342). Services will be Saturday, June 23, 2007, beginning with a viewing at 2pm at Montezuma Chapel at 3450 Rusty Spurs Road in Lake Montezuma. Memorial Service will follow. Bob will be interred at 7 pm at Middle Verde Cemetery. Dad loved sunsets. Bueler Camp Verde Funeral Home assisted the family.

Published in The Arizona Republic on June 22, 2007

Bob  was inspirational in my early years as a Christian, it has been a life long impact of the Jesus he presented.

Roby Duke – Roby Duke passed away December 26, 2007 of a sudden heart attack. 2 days before, Roby Duke was on stage with his son Brantley for a concert at the Calvary Chapell of Thousand Oaks, California. His last song was “I Shall See God”.

Rev. Ron Salsbury –  31 Jul 2016 he pastored, New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach, CA

Ronald Winans – d.o.b. June 30, 1956 , Detroit, Michigan, passed June 17, 2005, age 48.

Sandi Yonikus – 16 Jun 1936 – 2 Jun 1988

Sebastian Temple – (1928 – 1997) grew up in South Africa.

Skip Prokop passed away on Aug. 30th, 2017. I was honoured to have worked with on some recordings and live performances with Lighthouse and The McKenzie Prokop Band. RIP Skip.

Sue Ann (De Shazo) Joyner – December 17, 1938 – April 23, 2012 Obituary may be found here. During her lifetime, she wrote many songs – some of which were included in her screenplay entitled “Patmos: A Message to Mankind” which was a production based upon the book of Revelation from the Bible.

Tedd Browne – Gunshot 1968

Tom Green – of  Tom & Candy Green died in 4 Jul 2003 in New Zealand.

Obituary: Tom Green / Christian television program producer

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

By Ann Rodgers-Melnick, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Tom Green, 55, a creative force and lovingly scathing critic in Christian media, died Friday after heart surgery in New Zealand, where he has lived since 1997.

Mr. Green was a longtime producer for Cornerstone Television in Wall, where he was best known as the host of the “Lightmusic” video show. He was also a co-creator of “His Place,” a soap opera and talk show set in a diner.

With his wife, Candy, he wrote and recorded many songs, including “Forty Brave Soldiers,” a Christian radio hit about Roman soldiers who were left to die on a frozen lake because of their faith.

“Tom was a groundbreaker, both as an artist back in the late 1970s and certainly as one of the pioneering Christian music video shows,” said John Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association. “He was a real innovator who took chances.”

Born in San Francisco, Mr. Green in the 1960s ran the lights at the Troubadour, a club on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Many of the elite folk and rock artists who played there also came to see the art theater that Mr. Green produced.

After moving to Vermont, Mr. Green, who was Jewish, became a Christian, along with his wife.

“They almost instantly became Tom and Candy Green, the guitar-strumming evangelists,” said Thom Hickling, a friend and co-worker.

After their first child was born, Mr. Green became head of the theater department at televangelist Jim Bakker’s ill-fated Heritage University in North Carolina. They entered that world of clean-shaven Southern evangelicals as “a couple of hippie types from the Jesus movement,” said Roger Wilson, a close friend and co-worker there and at Cornerstone Television.

Mr. Green was never comfortable in the evangelical media industry.

“He didn’t care about fund raising and making a commercial appeal to the donors. Tom wanted to make good television that people who didn’t love God would be willing to watch and maybe it would have an impact on them,” Hickling said.

Cornerstone Television received complaints that he ran secular videos like Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise” on “Lightmusic.” Mr. Green insisted that Collins’ message about homelessness was biblical. After the show was nationally syndicated in 1985, not-yet-disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart threatened to pull his preaching from any station that carried “Lightmusic.”

“[Mr. Green] was on the cutting edge of contemporary music, not afraid to disagree with [the president] or the general manager or anyone about what we had to do if we wanted to reach young people,” Wilson said.

In 13 years, Mr. Green produced more than 3,000 episodes of “Lightmusic.” But he complained that too many evangelical hits sounded like last year’s secular hits with the name “Jesus” inserted.

“The difference between art and propaganda is often blurred in Christian videos,” he wrote. “Propaganda tells us what to think. Art allows us to come to truth on our own. Propaganda keeps everything easy. Art forces us to confront issues that we perhaps would rather not think about.”

“Lightmusic” won three consecutive Billboard magazine awards for best Christian music video show, but in 1997, Mr. Green was offered the opportunity to run a pioneering Christian station in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Christchurch station did not feature preachers. It ran old American sitcoms like “Leave It to Beaver.” Mr. Green produced specials designed to make the faith appealing in a highly secular society.

When the station was purchased by American evangelicals, Mr. Green believed that his creative wings would be clipped. He left to produce independent videos. While he was preparing for a working trip to Antarctica, a physical revealed a leaky heart valve.

There was a lag of months before surgery, and he was extremely weak by the time of the June 30 operation, Hickling said.

During his last days, New Zealand was hit by the coldest blast of Antarctic air on record, Candy Green wrote.

“At the time of his dying we were not only praying for Tom but we prayed for the peace of Jerusalem and peace in the world. Our children had spoken forth great words of faith and prayers of healing for their father. It is now our prayer that these words were caught up with this blast of air which takes 10 years to travel around the world. I am going to be looking for answers to these prayers.”

A local memorial service is planned for sometime in August. Details will be posted at

In addition to his wife, Mr. Green is survived by two daughters, Shoshanna Hill of King of Prussia, Montgomery County, and Hadassah, at home in Christchurch; two sons, Joe and Nate, both of Christchurch; his mother, Dottie Green of California; and one grandson.

Ann Rodgers-Melnick can be reached at arodgersmelnick or 412-263-1416.

Rev. Thomas Shawn Tracy, 74, an Augustinian priest in Villanova known for his singing and songwriting, died Sunday, July 20, of congestive heart failure at Lankenau Hospital.
Father Tracy was a gentle, low-key man who saw the Scriptures as poetry, and whose special gift was in setting music to that poetry, and later in creating music as an accompaniment for quiet contemplation, said his nephew Michael Dolan.
Thrust into the New York folk scene of the mid-1960s when he was assigned to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Father Tracy became a spiritual troubadour. He began writing and playing a folk-inspired style of liturgical music with parishioners from St. Nicholas, and went on to record 10 albums, Dolan said.
During that period, he attended New York Theological Seminary and received a master’s degree in pastoral counseling. He became active with a youth ministry, and with another group for the disabled, and brought the two together in spiritual retreats, his nephew said.
Working with the disabled was especially important to Father Tracy. “Shawn showed that all people were valued by God, and he brought joy, music, and companionship to individuals with challenges along their spiritual journey,” Dolan said.
In 1975, Father Tracy was assigned to serve in campus ministry at Villanova University. He continued writing music, and brought together his Bronx friends with worshipers at Villanova to create another group called He Shall Be Peace.
In the 1970s and ’80s, he rarely went anywhere without his guitar or his Irish setter, Katie O’Toole, said those who knew him.
In 1995, Father Tracy stepped down from the post of campus ministry director to devote more time to music, liturgy, and retreats. He assembled a musical group called Sanctuary, an evolution of He Shall Be Peace. His music changed, becoming an accompaniment for spiritual contemplation, Dolan said.
In 2007, he was assigned to St. Augustine Friary, Villanova. He moved to the Residential Care Center at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery in December 2013 due to health reasons.
Born in Washington, he graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School there, and from Villanova in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Father Tracy pursued theological studies at Augustinian College in Washington for four years ending in 1967. He was ordained to the priesthood on Nov. 19, 1966, at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington.
When not ministering, “he enjoyed escaping to nature with a good book, his dog, and his guitar,” Dolan said.
Besides his nephew, he is survived by a brother, sister, and other nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday. Burial will be Friday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. in Calvary Cemetery.

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Timo Aalto died peacefully & unexpectedly on 14 Nov 2016. Born in Helsinki, Finland, on 17 Jul 1953, Timo was the son of Ilmari & Heimi Aalto & was one of seven children. He moved to the US in his 20s & married Nora Aalto on 3 May 1975.  Together, they reared 4 children & had 1 grandchild. His Christian faith was the cornerstone of his life & he wished
God’s grace on all. Timo’s survived by his wife Nora, daughters Angie & Brianna, sons Josh & Jon, brother Juhani & sisters Eva, Nina, Kirstie & Carina.

Tom Howard, passed away yesterday (January 29, 2010). He was hiking with his wife at Edwin Warner Park in Nashville when he had a heart attack and could not be revived.

Wendell Phillips Loveless born: February 2, 1892, Wheaton, Illinois. Died October 3, 1987, Honolulu, Hawaii. Found here:

Wendy Bagwell – Wendell Lee “Wendy” Bagwell was the founding member and leader of the Southern gospel music and comedy trio, Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. Born in Chamblee, Georgia, on May 16, 1925, he joined with two young singers he met in church, Geraldine Terry (later known professionally as Jerri Morrison), and Georgia Jones (ultimately replaced by “Little Jan” Buckner, the wife of Bagwell’s adopted nephew), to form the gospel trio.  Bagwell was best known for his comedy monologues, notably the million-selling “Here Come the Rattlesnakes” (also known as “The Rattlesnake Song”), an account of the trio’s performance at a small church that engaged in snake handling. Bagwell died on June 13, 1996, and was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1997