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If It Had Not Been For Jesus

"If It Had Not Been For Jesus"
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Single by Blind Willie Johnson
Format78 rpm record
RecordedAtlanta, Georgia, April 20, 1930
GenreGospel
Length3:25
LabelColumbia (14556-D)
Songwriter(s)Unknown

"If It Had Not Been For Jesus" is an American Christian hymn (or, gospel song) of unknown authorship. It was included in four hymnals published between 1905 and 1938.[1] The title is taken from the first line of the refrain. An alternative title is the first line of the first verse, namely "I Was a Deep Dyed Sinner".[2] The song is unusual in that it is in triple metre, with three beats to the bar. That suggests that the song may have been composed by an individual whose name has been lost, rather than being ascribable only to "traditional".

The song was recorded in 1930 for Columbia Records by Blind Willie Johnson (backing vocals and guitar) with Willie B. Harris (lead vocals), who may have been his first wife.[3]

Recordings

Other songs

  • 2006 – Irene Stevenson [8] on the album Como Now: The Voices of Panola Co., Miss,[9] a different gospel song
  • "If It Had Not Been (For the Lord on My Side)", one or more different gospel songs

See also

References

  1. ^ "If it had not been for Jesus". hymnary.org. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Ingler, Arthur F.; Hoffman, Elisha A., eds. (1905). The Joy Bells of Canaan: Burning Bush Songs No. 2. hymnary.org. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Blind Willie Johnson discography". wirz.de. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "COLUMBIA (USA) 14000D series Numerical Listing". 78discography.com. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Blind Willie Johnson: If It Had Not Been For Jesus, Composed by Blind Willie Johnson / Traditional at AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Leon Watson: If It Had Not Been for Jesus at AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Leon Watson: We Win at the End at AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Irene Stevenson: If It Had Not Been For Jesus at AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Various Artists: Como Now: The Voices of Panola Co., Miss at AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2015.