Word Album Discography, Part 1
The Early Years (1952-1955)

By David Edwards, Mike Callahan, & Patrice Eyries
Last update: November 16, 2003

Early Word label albums, like most of the rest of the industry, were 10-inch records. By 1955, the 10-inch LP was being phased out in favor of the 12-inch LP, and Word followed suit. Early Word albums tended toward hymns and sermons.

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Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] Contents

W-1000 Series:

W-1004 LP - Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Matthews Brothers Quartet [195?] Reissue of W-2004 LP. Precious Lord, Take My Hand/Lord, I Want To Be A Christian/Leaning On The Everlasting Arms/I Can Tell The World//Everyday Will Be Sunday (Bye And Bye)/I'm Leaning On The Lord/Known Only To Him/Jesus Saves

1500 Series 10-inch LPs:

W-1501 LP - Penny Olson - Penny Olson [195?]

W-1502 LP - An Evening Prayer - Lew Charles [1956] An Evening Prayer/It Is Well With My Soul/Overshadowed/Near The Cross//God Will Take Care Of You/Glory To His Name/Trusting Jesus/Face To Face

W-1503 LP - W. Morris Ford - W. Morris Ford [195?]

2000 Series 10-inch LPs (Except 2012 and 2021 which are 12-inch albums; most issued on red vinyl):

W-2000 LP - The Old Rugged Cross - Frank Boggs [195?] The Old Rugged Cross/My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me/Stranger Of Galilee/Then Jesus Came//Balm In Gilead/Yes God Is Real/It Is No Secret/Leave It There

W-2001 LP - Hymns - David Lloyd Wade [195?]

W-2002 LP - Calvary Favorites - Herb Hoover [195?] Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho/Precious Lord Take My Hand/It Took A Miracle/But This I Know//Down From His Glory/Sweet Little Jesus Boy/For All My Sins/I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked

W-2003 LP - A Mighty Fortress - Bison Glee Club of Oklahoma Baptist University (Warren Angell, Director) [195?] A Mighty Fortress/Beautiful Savior/All Hail The Power/Morning Hymn//Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho/My Lord What A Mornin'/Roll Chariot Roll/The Ole Ark's A Moverin'

W-2004 LP - Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Matthews Brothers Quartet [195?] Reissued as W-1004-LP. Precious Lord, Take My Hand/Lord, I Want To Be A Christian/Leaning On The Everlasting Arms/I Can Tell The World//Everyday Will Be Sunday (Bye And Bye)/I'm Leaning On The Lord/Known Only To Him/Jesus Saves

W-2005 LP - Sermon - George W. Truett [195?]

W-2006 LP - The Game of Life - Jarrell McCracken [195?]

W-2007 LP - Favorite Wedding Songs - Frank Boggs [1954] At Dawning/I Love Thee/Through The Years/The Lord's Prayer//Savior, Like A Shepherd/Because/Oh Promise Me/The Lord Is My Shepherd

W-2008 LP - Frank Boggs Sings with Pipe Organ Accompaniment - Frank Boggs & Word Records Concert Orchestra (Alfred Reed, Conductor) [7/54] Issued on clear red vinyl. In The Garden/When They Ring Those Golden Bells/The Love Of God/He's Got The Whole World In His Hands//Amazing Grace/My Savior's Love/No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus/Blessed Redeemer

W-2009 LP - Onward Christian Soldiers - Bob Anderson [1954] Onward Christian Soldiers/Oh Happy Day/Praise Him, Praise Him/What A Friend We Have In jesus (Piano)//Shelter In The Time Of Storm/Ivory Palaces/Brighten The Corner (A Musical Tour Of The World)

W-2010 LP - Hymns - Word Records Concert Orchestra [1954]

W-2011 LP - In the Garden - Al Illick [195?] In The Garden/Beyond The Sunset/Heartaches/The Old Rugged Cross//When The Shadows Flee Away/Saved By Grace/He Lifted Me/What A Friend We Have In Jesus

W-2012 LP - Sermon - W.W. Melton [195?] This is a 12 inch record.

W-2013 LP - Jack Holcomb: America's Favorite Gospel Song Stylist - Jack Holcomb [195?] Issued on red tortise-shell vinyl. Side 1 has accompaniment by the Word Records Concert Orchestra (Alfred Reed, Conductor). Side 2 has accompaniment by Lew Charles at the NBC Pipe Organ. But This I Know/The Haven Of Rest/I Need Thee Every Hour/The Nail Scarred Hand//For All My Sin/What Will You Do With Jesus/Saved By Grace/Why Do I Sing About Jesus

W-2014 LP - Dick Baker - Baker [1955]

W-2015 LP - Hymns - Frank Boggs [1955]

W-2016 LP - Jack Holcomb Sings - Jack Holcomb [1955]

W-2017 LP - Hymns - Kearnie Keegan [1955]

W-2018 LP - Hymns - Baylor University Choir [1955]

W-2019 LP - Hymns - O.D. Hall [1955]

W-2020 LP

W-2021 LP - Sam Allred - Sam Allred [1955] This is a 12 Inch record.

W-2022 LP - Hymns - Claude Rhea [1955]

W-2023 LP - Carols - Frank Boggs [1955]

W-2024 LP - Hymns - Bill Jackson [1955]

W-2025 LP - Hymns - Trebleaires Trio [1955]

W-2026 LP - Song Stylings - Jack Holcomb [1955]

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