Son of Homer Wanted!

Son of Homer Wanted! by Uncle Dave Lewis Homer Rodeheaver (1880-1955) was the single most important figure in sacred music recording in the acoustic era. He wouldn’t have claimed that though; instead, he would have deferred to Henry Burr, whom among his multi-multitudinous recording activity from 1902-1930 made a concerted and detectable effort towards making […]

HOMER: WANTED!

HOMER: WANTED! by Uncle Dave Lewis For the past 15 years, I have been working hard to catalog and assess Homer Rodeheaver’s recordings and recording activity, heavily concentrated in — but not exclusively limited to — the field of early sacred recordings. Of course, along with this research, I had assemebled a small, but meaningful, […]

A Preliminary Billy Golden Discography

There are those who would wonder why anyone would bother with documenting the work and career of Billy Golden (1858-1926). Golden is seen in some quarters as representing everything that’s repellent and socially unacceptable in the early phonograph industry; a racial pariah whose work amounts to no more than serial abuse of African-Americans. However, I […]

RB Sleeve top (2)

Glory to God, He’s Come Home

Since the ARSC Journal (Vol. 39, 2008) published my The Rainbow Records Discography: 1920-1926 there have been a veritable wealth of discoveries about the label and its history. Founded by Billy Sunday’s songleader, Homer Rodeheaver (1880-1955) in 1920, Rainbow issued mostly small runs of Gospel records covering a wide range of interests and talent. Initially […]