George Beverly Shea – How Great Thou Art – Faith Stories You Won’t Forget Series
George Beverly Shea sang, face to face, to over 200 million people over a 50+ year span, and when he finished singing, Billy Graham preached to them.
He also sang and recorded many hymns and has won many awards but his signature song is How Great Thou Art.
How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859–1940) in Sweden in 1885. The melody is a Swedish folk song. It was translated into English by British missionary Stuart K. Hine, who also added two original verses of his own composition. It was popularized by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows during the Billy Graham crusades. It was voted the United Kingdom‘s favourite hymn by BBC‘s Songs of Praise. “How Great Thou Art” was ranked second (after “Amazing Grace“) on a list of the favorite hymns of all time in a survey by Today’s Christian magazine in 2001.
Watch and listen as George Beverly sings How Great Thou Art at a 1969 Billy Graham Crusade. Click the link below.
A full biography article is available the Wikipedia website at:
This is truly a (long) life well lived and a man worthy of the label “hero of the faith”.
What’s your favorite hymn?