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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.


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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