Next Friday, longtime soloist and original Billy Graham Crusade team member George Beverly Shea will celebrate his 104th birthday! Today, on the blog, we bring you “Staff Picks” from Ruth’s Attic Bookstore featuring none other than the legendary baritone. Check out these items at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore in The Billy Graham Library, or visit us online at BillyGrahamBookstore.org for more George Beverly Shea items.
MUSIC: George Beverly Shea: I’d Rather Have Jesus, A 20 Song Treasury
Throughout the years, George Beverly Shea has brought us more than 70 albums of timeless songs and classic hymns. Joining the Billy Graham Evangelistic Team in 1947, Shea has become one of the most well-loved vocalists, even referred to frequently as “America’s Beloved Gospel Singer.”
This collection features 20 favorite hymns, including his most popular song (for which he compose the music), “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”
BOOK: George Beverly Shea: Tell Me the Story
In this “authorized biography” by Paul Davis (with a foreword by Franklin Graham), you’ll enjoy personal accounts from his 60-plus years as a member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Team.
Trace his travels from New York to London to Australia and back again, with personal anecdotes from the legendary Billy Graham Crusades.
DVD: George Beverly Shea: Then Sings My Soul
Hosted by Bill Gaither, this look at George Beverly Shea’s legendary career is packed with music and praise.
Along with rare performance footage and never-before-seen interviews with Shea, you will be treated to such classic songs as “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” “The King Is Coming,” “How Big Is God?,” “Then Jesus Came,” “Satisfied,” “He Touched Me,” and more.
Along with Mr. Shea’s 104th birthday on Feb. 1, the Library will be unveiling a brand new exhibit: “How Sweet the Sound: A Tribute to George Beverly Shea.” The tribute will include pieces of memorabilia from Shea’s early career in Chicago to his many years spent as an integral part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Highlights of the display include: the actual piano on which he composed the music to the popular hymn “I’d Rather Have Jesus;” his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy association and the suit he wore for the ceremony; a Western Electric Model 633A “Salt Shaker” microphone that Mr. Shea used at WMBI in Chicago in the early 1940s; and more. We hope you make plans to come see us!