Instruments: Vocals
Date of Birth: March 12,1910
Place of Birth: Clanton, Alabama

Marion W. Easterling, the composer of such gospel classics as "Lord Lead Me On", "Standing By The River" "When I Wake Up To Sleep No More", "When He Reached Down His Hand For Me", and "Rainbow Of Love", penned over 300 gospel tunes during his career.

He received his music education in various singing schools, being taught by Adgar M. Pace, O.L. DeVaughan, W.B. Abert and G.T. "Dad" Speer.

In 1938, Easterling was the youngest composer to sign a five year contract with the Stamps-Baxter Publishing Company. He has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for his long career as the programmer for the WKLF Radio's gospel show. The program began in December 1947 and continued for 39 years, during which time, he broadcast over 20,000 shows.

In addition to his years with the Clanton radio station, WKLF, Easterling also hosted an early morning gospel program with WVOK radio in Birmingham.

Still it is the many classic recordings for which he is known. Songs which have been recorded by gospel groups such as The Thrasher Brothers, The Florida Boys, and many more.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Date: Apr 4, 2005

Old Song Sing Along is April 17

BIRMINGHAM---Samford University will host an Old Song Sing-Along Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in Reid Chapel. The event, open to the public free of charge, will feature congregational singing of hymns and familiar gospel songs.

The singing will be under the direction and piano accompaniment of Brad White of Memphis, Tenn. A former accompanist for the James Blackwood Quartet, White accompanied the Blackwood Brothers Reunion Quartet during its appearance at Samford last August.

The program will pay tribute to the legacy of the late Marion W. Easterling of Clanton, composer of more than 300 gospel songs, including "Lord Lead Me On," and "Standing by the River." A member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Easterling hosted a daily radio program of gospel music on WKLF in Clanton for almost 40 years.

The Samford Campus Ministries Choir and a faculty-staff quartet will present special music. The popular Sing-Along, first held in 2003, is now a semi-annual event at Samford.


Thrasher Brothers   Anchor 731016: Thrasher Brothers sing Marion W Easterling Songs

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