1834-1903
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April 6, 1834, New Haven, Connecticut.

November 20, 1903, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.

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When Danks was eight years old, his family moved to Saratoga Springs, New York, where he studied music with Dr. L. E. Whiting. Later, Danks worked as a carpenter in his father’s construction business for while, but shortly began a full time music career: composing, singing, and leading choral groups. In 1864, he moved to New York City. In 1892, he published Superior Anthems for Church Choirs. The next year, he published his best known song, Silver Threads Among the Gold (words by Eben Rexford), which sold over three million copies. Having sold the rights to it, though, he died penniless in a boarding house. His last written words: It’s hard to die alone.

  1. Not Ashamed of Christ, 1893
  1. Alicante
  2. Avoca
  3. Balclutha
  4. Bangalore
  5. Blackwell
  6. Christ Is King
  7. Delphine
  8. Happy Faces
  9. Hark! He Is Calling
  10. I’ll Praise Him While I Live
  11. Jesus of Nazareth, Healer of Men
  12. Lake Street
  13. Little Children, Come Away
  14. Lord in Zion Reigneth, The
  15. Monterey
  16. No Night There
  17. Northridge
  18. Precious Story, The
  19. Rapid City
  20. Singing, Light and Free
  21. Spitta
  22. Trifle Not
  23. Waiting Savior, The
  24. Will There Be Light for Me?

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