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Edwin Othello Excell died 6/10/1921 at Wesley Hospital, Chi­ca­go, IL. E O was born 12/13/1851 to J J & Emily (Hess) Excell (Ger­man Re­formed pastor/wife) in Uniontown, Stark Co., OH. He was educated in state schools (OH, PA). He was a brick­layer & plas­terer (12 yrs) & also a singing instructor. His voice was described as “full, round baritone, of great volume…mellow & sweet” ranging up to tenor.

Excell met & married Miss Eliza Jane “Jennie” Bell, daughter of Hon A W Bell, East Brady, PA, a sometime political candidate.  This marriage, which took place in 1871, was blessed with a son, William Alonzo.  In the same year the local M E Church began a revival & Excell was invited to sing; better yet he became one of the converts.  This was the turning point – he went to Chi­ca­go, studied under well known George Root (& his son, Frederick).  Building trades were exchanged for music to build the Kingdom.

He sang with evan­gel­ist Sam P Jones (H Robb French would at times quote or refer to Jones) for two de­cades. He also sang with Gypsy Smith as well as conducting music in the State Sunday-school Conventions (nearly every state).  Ex­cell wrote over 2,000 Gos­pel songs including “Since I Have Been Redeemed.”

 

I have a song I love to sing,  Since I have been redeemed, Of my Redeemer, Savior king,  Since I have been redeemed.

Refrain

Since I have been redeemed,  Since I have been redeemed, I will glory in His name,  Since I have been redeemed, I will glory in the Savior’s name.

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I have a song I love to sing,
Since I have been redeemed,
Of my Redeemer, Savior King,
Since I have been redeemed.

Refrain

Since I have been redeemed,
Since I have been redeemed,
I will glory in His Name,
Since I have been redeemed,
I will glory in the Savior’s Name.

I have a Christ Who satisfies
Since I have been redeemed,
To do His will my highest prize,
Since I have been redeemed.

I have a witness bright and clear,
Since I have been redeemed,
Dispelling every doubt and fear,
Since I have been redeemed.

I have a home prepared for me,
Since I have been redeemed,
Where I shall dwell eternally,
Since I have been redeemed.

I have a joy I can’t express,
Since I have been redeemed,
All through His blood and righteousness,
Since I have been redeemed.

E O (Edwin Othello) Excell was born this date, 12/13/1851, in Stark Co, OH.  He was a son of a German Reformed pastor who converted to Christ under a Methodist while leading the music in a revival.  He is said to have published some 50 gospel songbooks and to have written and composed some 2,000 hymns/Gospel songs, including “Since I Have Been Redeemed” “I Am Happy in Him” and the music to “Count Your Blessings” and “I’ll Be a Sunbeam for Jesus.”   Excell assisted evangelist Sam P. Jones in his revival meetings for twenty years.  Excell died 6/10/1921 in Chicago.

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