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Homer Alvan Rodeheaver

1880-1955. Song evangelist and publisher. Born in Hocking County, Ohio, he learned the cornet during boyhood in Newcomb, Tennessee. He studied music, becoming a trombonist, at Ohio Wesleyan University between 1896 and 1904. As music director for evangelists W.E. Biederwolf* and Billy Sunday* he developed group singing techniques to a fine art, effectively using lively, nondoctrinal gospel songs such as “Brighten the corner.” His Rodeheaver Publishers of Sacred Music (1910-35) and Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company (since 1935) became the world's largest gospel music publishers. “Rody” wrote many songs and after 1920 conducted the Rodeheaver Sacred Music Conference annually at Winona Lake, Indiana. In 1950 he founded Rodeheaver Boys' Ranch, Palatka, Florida.