1927–

Introduction

Born: May 27, 1927, Quin­cy, Il­li­nois.

portrait

Biography

Ralph was the son of a Pen­te­cost­al min­is­ter. He mar­ried twice, to Ev­an­ge­line Ot­to (1948), and Mar­vel­la Price (1965).

He at­tende­d South­ern Ca­li­for­nia Bi­ble College (now Van­guard Un­i­ver­si­ty) in Co­sta Me­sa. In 1997, Van­guard Un­i­ver­si­ty award­ed him a doc­tor­ate in mu­sic.

He served as min­is­ter of mu­sic at the Cal­va­ry As­sem­bly, In­gle­wood, Ca­li­for­nia (1946) and Tem­ple Bap­tist Church, Los An­ge­les, Ca­li­for­nia (1954).

He wrote mu­sic for Bil­ly Gra­ham films such as Mr. Tex­as, For Pete’s Sake, The Rest­less Ones and His Land.

In 1964, he found­ed the Lex­i­con Mu­sic com­pa­ny. He was in­duct­ed in­to the Go­spel Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Na­tion­al Re­li­gious Broad­cas­ters Hall of Fame in 2001.

Sources

Lyrics

Music