Hymn #472: Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Thomas A. Dorsey developed PRECIOUS LORD from an old Sunday-school tune called MAITLAND. The hymn was first sung in 1932 at Ebenezer Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, by the choir director, Theodore Frye, with Dorsey serving as accompanist.
Thomas A. Dorsey was born in Villa Rica, Georgia, and was influenced by the blues pianists of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1923, he formed the Wildcat’s Jazz Band, with whom Ma Rainey performed. For forty years, Dorsey was choir director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois.