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George Paul Simmonds

1890 - 1991 Person Name: George P. Simmonds Translator of "Redentor, Te Adoramos" in Himnario Bautista See also J. Pablo Simón. =========== At four years, George sang hymns with great devotion and enthusiasm. When he was ten he felt called to be a missionary. He retained his love for the Lord and for music throughout his life. So much so, that after the age of one hundred years old even sang solos in large meetings and on television. He began his work as a missionary, along with his wife, Nessie, in Ecuador. Then explored the Amazon area and across the continent. Collaborated in the compilation of "Hymns of the Christian Life." He also worked with the Bible Societies in several South American countries. He then served as pastor of a Hispanic church in the United States of America. He was a prolific translator of 800 hymns and choral songs. He used some pseudonyms as G. Paul S. and J. Paul Simon. =========== In 1964 he edited El Himnario which was to become the most widely used Protestant Hispanic hymnbook of this century. Throughout his ministry and particularly in his later years, Simmonds dedicated himself to bring Hispanic hymnody into the Anglo church through his publishing company, Cánticos Escogidos, first based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and later in Duarte, California. The Presbyerian Hymnal Companion, 1993

John Roy Harris

1891 - 1987 Author of "Great Redeemer, We Adore Thee" in Baptist Hymnal 1991 Died: March 5, 1987. Buried: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton, Oklahoma. Harris was a music and education director at Baptist churches in Oklahoma, starting at Bristow in 1922. He later served in Ardmore, Shawnee, Lawton, and Ada (1939-55). He also taught music at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee for seven years. Afterward, he engaged in city mission work in Lawton, Oklahoma, and retired in 1980.

Paolo Conte

1890 - 1966 Person Name: Paolo Conte, 1891- Composer of "REDENTORE" in Hymnal of the Church of God Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 29, 1890, Pa­ler­mo, It­a­ly. Died: Sep­tem­ber 11, 1966, Co­lo­ra­do Springs, Co­lo­ra­do. Son of Gae­ta­no and Clo­rin­da Conte, Pao­lo’s mu­sic­al gift was dis­played ear­ly: He be­gan im­pro­vis­ing on the pi­a­no at age four. He stu­died mu­sic in Ve­nice un­der Ta­gli­a­pi­e­tra, Wolf-Fer­ra­ri, and Bu­so­ni, and earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in psy­chol­o­gy and doc­tor­ate in mu­sic­ol­o­gy at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Pa­dua. In Au­gust 1914, Conte went to the Un­i­ver­si­ty of North Da­ko­ta to teach pi­a­no and com­po­si­tion at Wes­ley Col­lege. In 1923, he be­came Dean of Fine Arts at Ok­la­ho­ma Bap­tist Un­i­ver­si­ty in Shaw­nee, Ok­la­ho­ma. In 1936, he ac­cept­ed a po­si­tion at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Wi­chi­ta in Kan­sas. While there, he al­so served as Min­is­ter of Mus­ic at the First Bap­tist Church in Wi­chi­ta. In 1952, Conte moved to a sum­mer home in Co­lo­ra­do Springs, in semi-re­tire­ment. He played the or­gan at Au­dubon Heights Bap­tist Church in Co­lo­ra­do Springs and taught pi­a­no in the Pikes Peak region.

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