Hymn Story: Old Time Religion

The Jubilee song, “Old Time Religion” has a long and complicated history that’s not very clear.

Whether it originated as an English folk song or a spiritual is up for debate. It is believed that it dates back to at least 1873 or earlier.

Charles Davis Tillman published the song after hearing it performed by African-Americans at a camp meeting in Lexington, South Carolina in 1889.


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