August 13, 1834, Chautauqua County, New York.
June 25, 1895, Delaware, Ohio.
Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia, New York.
Philip was the son of Sawyer Phillips and Janie Parker, and husband of Olive Mary
Phillips began teaching singing school at age 19. In 1860, he formed a partnership in Cincinnati, Ohio, with William Sumner & Company, under the firm name of Philip Phillips & Company, to sell pianos, organs, and Sunday school songbooks. Phillips frequently introduced himself in a town by putting a melodeon in a vehicle, parking on a prominent street corner, and begin to sing and play. His marvelous voice drew large crowds.
In 1875, Phillips went on a tour of Australia, conducting over one hundred song services. He returned to New York two years later, by way of Sri Lanka, India, Japan, Jerusalem, Egypt, Italy, Europe, and England. He wrote Round the World with Descriptive Songs about the experience.
Phillips’ other books include:
- Early Blossoms (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church, 1862)
- Musical Leaves (Cincinnati, Ohio: Philip Phillips, 1864)
- Hallowed Songs, with Theodore Perkins & Sylvester Main (New York: Carlton & Porter, 1865)
- Home Songs for Young Patriots (Cincinnati, Ohio: Philip Phillips, 1865)
- The Singing Pilgrim (New York/Cincinnati, Ohio: Carlton & Porter/Philip Phillips, 1866)
- New Standard Singer (New York: 1868)
- Hallowed Songs (New York: Philip Phillips, 1870)
- Day School Singer (New York: American Book Company, 1870)
- Song Life (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1872)
- The Gospel Singer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lee & Walker, 1874)
- Song Sermons (New York: International Music & Publishing Agency, 1877)
- American Sacred Songster (sold over a million copies)
- Temperance Songs
- Standard Gems (New York: Philip Phillips, 1866)
- Colonial Singer
- Song Pilgrimage Around the World (Chicago, Illinois: Fairbanks, Palmer & Company, 1880)
- Bright Gems (New York: Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, 1887)
- Round the World with Philip Phillips (New York: Phillips Publishing Company, 1887)
- New Hymn and Tune Book: An Offering of Praise for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of America (New York: A.M.E.Z. Book Concern, 1889)
- Our New Hymnal (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1893)
- International Song Service (New York: Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, 1895)