Edwin Othello Excel USA 1851-1921. Born at Uniontown, OH, he started working as a bricklayer and plasterer. He loved music and went to Chicago to study it under George Root. He married Eliza Jane “Jennie” Bell in 1871. They had a son, William, in 1874. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he became a prominent publisher, composer, song leader, and singer of music for church, Sunday school, and evangelistic meetings. He founded singing schools at various locations in the country and worked with evangelist, Sam Jones, as his song leader for two decades. He established a music publishing house in Chicago and authored or composed over 2,000 gospel songs. While assisting Gypsy Smith in an evangelistic campaign in Louisville,… Go to person page >
Composer: Michael Costa
[Michaele Andrea Agniello Costa]
Born: February 14, 1808, Naples, Italy.
Died: 1884, Hove, East Sussex, England.
Buried: Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England.
Costa learned the rudiments of music from his maternal grandfather, Giacomo Tritto; he was placed at the Real Collegio di Musica in Naples, and after a public exam received a scholarship from Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies. He composed his first cantata at age 15, and went on to write symphonies, oratorios, operas, and quartets. He eventually moved to London, where he was knighted in 1869. In 1871, he became "director of the music, composer, and… Go to person page >