Born: Au­gust 19, 1856, South Hill, New York.

Died: De­cem­ber 21, 1938, Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Wild­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia.



James was the hus­band of Lu­cy Love Le­van.

He started his mu­sic­al ca­reer with John How­ard of New York and Dan­i­el Tow­ner of the Moo­dy Bi­ble In­sti­tute.

He moved to Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia, around 1881. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Pine Street Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church from 1904 un­til his death, serv­ing as a song lead­er and Sun­day school teach­er.

Black al­so found time to ed­it a doz­en Gos­pel song books, write al­most 1,500 songs, and serve on the com­mis­sion for the 1905 Me­thod­ist hym­nal.


  1. Be Ready When the Bride­groom Comes
  2. Come, Oh, Come to Me
  3. Day of All Days, The
  4. In the Sha­dow of His Wings
  5. Never Say Good­bye
  6. Revive the Hearts of All
  7. When the Roll Is Called Up Yon­der
  8. We Shall Reign with Him in Glo­ry
  9. Where Je­sus Died for Me
  1. All the Day
  2. Answering Time Will Come, The
  3. Beautiful Eden Bells
  4. Beautiful Way, The
  5. Easter Bells
  6. He Will Not Leave Me Alone
  7. His Love Will Ne­ver Let Me Fall
  8. Home in My Heart for Je­sus, A
  9. I Remember Cal­va­ry
  10. Jesus Died for Me
  11. Let the Dear Sav­ior Come In
  12. Look to the Lamb of God
  13. My Heart Is Cling­ing
  14. Precious Je­sus
  15. Resting in God’s Peace
  16. Shepherd Calls, The
  17. Sunshine of Love
  18. Sweet Voic­es
  19. Walking in the Way with Je­sus
  20. When I Stand in Yon­der City
  21. When the Saints Are March­ing In
  22. Where Je­sus Is, ’Tis Hea­ven
  23. Wonderful Love for Thee and Me

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