Tim Spencer, born in Webb City, Missouri on July 13, 1908, began his music career at an early age as a radio and film personality. His rare ability as a composer and singer of Western and popular music won him world wide acclaim.
In 1933, along with Roy Rogers and Bob Nolan, he founded the Western singing group, THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS, where his songs Room Full Of Roses, The Everlasting Hills Of Oklahoma, Timber Trail, and Careless Kisses became immediate favorites. His success in writing songs brought about the founding of his first company, Gaviota Music.
After his conversion in 1949, Tim became a pioneer founder in religious recordings on the West Coast, and directed the religious record division of RCA Victor Records. His writing talents were re-channeled to religious music.
Such favorites as Cowboy Campmeeting, Circuit Ridin’ Preacher, The Cowboy’s Prayer, I’ll Be There, and It’s Your Life, included with his later hits, We’ve Got A Great Big Wonderful God, Open Your Heart, These Old Bones, and Praise God, Hallelujah exemplify his desire to bring glory and honor to Christ.
In 1955 he founded Manna Music and turned his talents to the discovery and encouragement of creative young composers such as Audrey Mieir and Doris Akers, adding such songs as His Name Is Wonderful and Sweet, Sweet Spirit to the Manna Music catalogue.
In addition to these discoveries, the firm obtained the publishing rights to one of the greatest songs of the century, How Great Thou Art, which now holds the honor of being the world’s leading religious composition.
Tim Spencer has the unique position of being inducted into numerous Halls of Fame. He has been inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, The Nashville Song Writers Hall of Fame, The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, The Western Music Hall of Fame (once as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers and also as a Song Writer), The Naras (Grammy’s) Hall of Fame, and The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
Tim Spencer, founder of Manna Music, died on April 26, 1974, at his home in Apple Valley, California.
back to Manna Music