Death of Ira Sankey, 68.
He was Dwight Moody’s song evangelist from 1870. During their revival crusades, Sankey penned many hymn tunes, of which the most enduring today are HIDING IN THEE (“O Safe to the Rock that is Higher than I“) and SANKEY (“Faith is the Victory“).
Having read the above from an enewsletter I receive, I was reminded of the following by John MacArthur, published the Christian Research Journal, Volume 23, #2. This is a great article on the relative merits of classical hymnody, revival songs, and contemporary music.