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Gospel singer Doug Oldham dead at age 79
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
July 29, 2010
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Gospel singer Doug Oldham dead at age 79

Gospel singer Doug Oldham dead at age 79
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
July 29, 2010

Doug Oldham, a prolific

gospel singer and ministry partner of the late Jerry Falwell, died July 21 at

the age of 79.

Oldham, who was a soloist at

Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church and helped the evangelist raise money to

start Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., died at a Virginia hospital while

awaiting back surgery.

“My father and Doug Oldham

were an evangelistic team who brought the gospel to nearly every home in

America every Sunday morning on the ‘Old Time Gospel Hour,’” said Liberty

University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. in a statement.

“The names Jerry Falwell and

Doug Oldham were synonymous as Billy Graham and George Beverly Shea. … His

passing represents the end of an era at Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty

University.”

Oldham recorded more than 60

albums and sang on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise the Lord (PTL) ministry’s

television show. He was the first to perform “He Touched Me,” a song written by

colleague Bill Gaither.

“Doug’s resonant voice and

vibrant spirit moved people at a very personal level,” Gaither recalled in a

tribute on his web site, Gaither.com. “He possessed that rare balance between

polished professionalism and authenticity.”

Oldham, a Dove Award-winning

artist, was inducted in the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of

Fame in 2006.