Thomas Andrew Dorsey: Precious Lord, Take My Hand

In her 2015 Grammy Awards performance, R&B superstar Beyoncé sang, “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” a song written by the first African-American inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

It is the most famous of over 200 hymns written by Thomas Andrew Dorsey!

Although he wrote hundreds of jazz and blues songs, his grief
after the death of his wife in child birth in 1932 and his baby son several days later caused him to write a gospel hymn. He used themes from the Psalms, the Gospels, and possibly from Isaiah 41:13: “I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, ‘Fear not, I will help thee.’”

It was the hymn Martin Luther King Jr. requested be sung at the rally he led the night of April 3, 1968, the day before his assassination!


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