Inductees Archive

P.P. Bliss

He was born in Pennsylvania in 1838 in a log cabin. At the age of twenty-two, with the help of his horse, Old Fanny, and a twenty-dollar Melodean (reed organ), he bagan work as a professional music teacher, teaching singing schools in the winter, and attending normal schools in the summer. He was associated with the music publishing firm of Root and Cady, Chicago, as a composer and singing school teacher. In 1874, through the influence of Moody and Sankey, he became the singing evangelist with Major D.W. Whittle. Bliss shared with Ira D. Sankey in the beginning of the Gospel Hymn series that was so widely popular. He was a prolific composer of gospel songs. Among the best known of these are “Almost Persuaded”, “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning”, “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”, “Wonderful Words of Life”, “Hallelujah, What A Savior”, and “It Is Well With My Soul”.


Induction Year



Friends and Contemporaries

Dwight L. Moody, Ira D. Sankey, D.W. Whittle


First Hymn Book Published

The Charm (1871)


Significant Hymns

  • “Wonderful Words of Life”
  • “Almost Persuaded”
  • “Hallelujah, What A Savior!”
  • “Hold The Fort”



Ernie Ford singing “Let The Lower Lights Be Burning” by P.P. Bliss


“Hallelujah, What a Savior!” sung by Darlene Zschech