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Thomas A. Dorsey

Thomas A. Dorsey was a jazz pianist when he met Christ as Savior in 1921 and dedicated his life to writing gospel songs. Mr. Dorsey has served as head of the National Baptist Convention, and traveled as a song evangelist. At the age of 80, Mr. Dorsey is serving as choir director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, a position he has held since 1932. Of the over four hundred songs he has written the most popular, and most often recorded has been a prayer song he wrote following the death of his wife and child in 1932, “Take My Hand Precious Lord.”

 

Induction Year

1982

 

Genre

Gospel Blues

 

Early Profession

Blues/Jazz pianist

 

Legacy

Co-founder of that Natinal Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses

 

Significant Songs

“Take My Hand Precious Lord” (songwriter)

 

Video

Interview with Thomas A. Dorsey

 

Marion Williams singing “Take My Hand Precious Lord”