Born: August 18, 1856, Wilton, Iowa.
Died: September 15, 1932, Los Angeles, California, at the home of his son Charles Jr.
Buried: Chapel of the Pines Crematory, Los Angeles, California.
T. R. Allen
C. D. Emerson (source: Library of Congress copyright catalog)
H. A. Henry
Jennie Crawford Goodspeed (possible)*
Hall, E. S. (possible) C. G. Homer
Charlotte G. Homer
S. B. Jackson
A. W. Lawrence (possible)
J. C. Williams
* A 1935 copyright record for the song
Go, Tell Them credits the words to Goodspeed, and registers the copyright to Charles H. Gabriel, Jr., as child of the deceased author. However, other copyright records list Goodspeed’s place of residence as Hennessey, Oklahoma. More information is needed to resolve this discrepancy.
Charles was the son of Isaac Newton Gabriel and Cleopatra Cotton, and father of
Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, Jr., and Vera G. Gabriel. He married twice, to Francilla I. Woodhouse Cooling (1876) and Amelia Moore (1889).
Growing up on an Iowa farm, he taught himself to play the family’s reed organ. He began teaching in singing schools by age 16, and became a well known teacher and composer.
He served as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church,
San Francisco, California (1890–92), then moved to Chicago, Illinois. In 1912, he began working with Homer Rodeheaver’s publishing company.
Gabriel edited some 43 song books, 7 men’s chorus books, 19 anthem collections, and 23 cantatas. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1982.
Epworth Songs, with Joseph Berry, 1893
Little Branches, with William Nickle (Chicago, Illinois: Meyer & Brothers, 1893)
Songs of the Pentecost for the Forward Gospel Movement, with Isaac Naylor ( New York: George Hughes, 1894)
Salvation Songs ( Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Brothers, 1895)
Sunshine: Songs for Sunday Schools (Chicago, Illinois: Meyer & Brother, 1895)
Sifted Wheat ( Dayton, Ohio: Lorenz, 1898)
Special Songs ( Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackleman Music, 1898)
Little Branches No. 3 (Chicago, Illinois: Meyer & Brothers, 1899)
Twentieth Century Songs, with J. E. Hawes et al. (Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackleman Music, 1900)
Joyful Praise (Cincinnati, Ohio: Jennings & Pye, 1902)
Fifty-Nine Gospel Songs (Chicago, Illinois: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905)
Living Praise No. 2, with William Dowling ( St. Louis, Missouri: Christian Publishing, 1906)
Sing unto the Lord, with William Hackleman Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackleman Music, 1906)
Song Praises ( Carbondale, Illinois: Egyptian Publishing, 1906)
The Gospel Chorus (Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Music, 1907)
Jubilant Voices, with Howard Doane et al. (Chicago, Illinois: Hope Publishing, 1907)
The Victory (New York: Methodist Book Concern, 1908)
Epworth Praises (Chicago, Illinois: Epworth League of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1909)
Joy Bells of Christmas (editor) (Chicago, Illinois: George F. Rosche, 1913)
Gospel Songs and Their Writers (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver, 1915)
The Slighted Stranger (Chicago, Illinois & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Rodeheaver, 1915)
The Singers and Their Songs (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver, 1916)
Awakening Songs (music editor) (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver, 1917)
Rodeheaver’s Sunday School Songs (music editor) (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver, circa 1917)
Williston Hymns ( Boston, Massachusetts: United Society of Christian Endeavor, 1917)
Church Music of Yesterday, To-Day and for To-Morrow (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver, 1921)
Golden Bells (Chicago, Illinois: Rodeheaver, 1923) (music editor)
Sixty Years of Gospel Songs, an autobiography (Chicago, Illinois: Hope Publishing, undated)