The Originals: He Touched Me

by David Bruce Murray | June 21, 2021 2:00 PM

The suggestion to write a song emphasizing the word “touch” was made to William J. Gaither by evangelist Dr. Dale Oldham. “He Touched Me” was Gaither’s fifty-fourth song in a catalog that would eventually surpass 700. Gaither wrote the song in 1963, and the Bill Gaither Trio recorded it in 1964.

It may come as a surprise to some of you to learn the recording by Gaither’s own trio was not the first.

Earlier in 1964, Dr. Oldham’s son Doug Oldham recorded “He Touched Me.” It was the opening track on his 1964 album Songs That Touch The Heart. Aside from the color and one word in the title, the album’s cover was identical to Oldham’s previous release Songs That Lift The Heart.

Check out the original recording of “He Touched Me” below:

According to Hymnary.org, “He Touched Me” has been published in at least 20 hymnals over the years. The number of recordings is likely in the thousands considering that so many amateur groups have recorded the song as well as virtually every professional Southern Gospel artist. Several artists have released more than one version over the years including a considerable number by Gaither himself as part of the Bill Gaither Trio, the Gaither Vocal Band, and the Homecoming video series.

Below is a list of artists who have recorded “He Touched Me.” This list is a mere fraction of the total but is long enough to show the song’s vast impact.

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Endnotes:
  1. Anchormen: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=A.Anchormen
  2. Anthony Burger: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=A.AnthonyBurger
  3. Apostles: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=T.TheApostlesOfLittleRock
  4. Bill Gaither Trio: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.BillGaitherTrio
  5. Blackwood Brothers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.BlackwoodBrothers
  6. Blackwood Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.BlackwoodQuartet
  7. Blackwood Singers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.BlackwoodSingers
  8. Blue Ridge: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.BlueRidge
  9. Blue Ridge Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.BlueRidgeQuartet
  10. Booth Brothers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.BoothBrothers
  11. Browns: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=B.Browns
  12. Calvarymen Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=C.CalvarymenQuartet
  13. Carroll Roberson: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=C.CarrollRoberson
  14. Cathedral Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=C.CathedralQuartet
  15. Christian Davis: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=C.ChristianDavis
  16. Couriers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=C.Couriers
  17. Cumberland Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=C.CumberlandQuartet
  18. Danny Gaither: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DannyGaither
  19. Darrell Luster: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DarrellLuster
  20. Dixie Echoes: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DixieEchoes
  21. Dixie Melody Boys: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DixieMelodyBoys
  22. Doris Akers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DorisAkers
  23. Doug Oldham: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DougOldham
  24. Down East Boys: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DownEastBoys
  25. Downings: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.Downings
  26. Driven Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=D.DrivenQuartet
  27. Elvis Presley: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=E.ElvisPresley
  28. Ernie Haase And Signature Sound: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=E.ErnieHaaseAndSignatureSound
  29. Florida Boys: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=F.FloridaBoys
  30. Gaither Homecoming Series: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.GaitherHomecomingSeries
  31. Gaither Vocal Band: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.GaitherVocalBand
  32. Galileans: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.Galileans
  33. Gary McSpadden: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.GaryMcSpadden
  34. Gold City: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.GoldCity
  35. Gospel Brass: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.GospelBrass
  36. Gospel Harmony Boys: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.GospelHarmonyBoys
  37. Gospel Lads: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=G.GospelLads
  38. Heaven Bound: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=H.HeavenBound-Group
  39. Henry And Hazel Slaughter: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=H.HenryAndHazelSlaughter
  40. Henry Slaughter: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=H.HenrySlaughter
  41. Homeland Harmony Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=H.HomelandHarmonyQuartet
  42. Homeland Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=H.HomelandQuartet
  43. Hopper Brothers 2.0: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=H.Hoppers
  44. Imperials: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=I.Imperials
  45. Inspirations: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=T.TheInspirations
  46. Ivan Parker: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=I.IvanParker
  47. J D Sumner And The Stamps: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JDSumnerAndTheStampsQuartet
  48. Jack Holcomb: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JackHolcomb
  49. Jake Hess: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JakeHess
  50. James Blackwood: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JamesBlackwood
  51. Jimmy Swaggart: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JimmySwaggart
  52. John Hall: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JohnHall
  53. John Mathews Family: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JohnMathewsFamily
  54. Jubilee Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=J.JubileeQuartet
  55. Keystone Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=K.KeystoneQuartet
  56. Kingdom Heirs: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=K.KingdomHeirs
  57. King’s Heralds: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=K.KingsHeralds
  58. Kingsmen Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=K.KingsmenQuartet
  59. Lesters: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=L.Lesters
  60. London Parris And The Apostles: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=L.LondonParrisAndTheApostles
  61. Lundstroms: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=L.Lundstroms
  62. Mark Trammell Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=M.MarkTrammellQuartet
  63. Masterpeace: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=M.Masterpeace
  64. Masters V: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=M.MastersV
  65. Melody Boys Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=M.MelodyBoysQuartet
  66. Messengers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=M.Messengers
  67. Music City Singers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=M.MusicCitySingers
  68. Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=O.OldTimeGospelHourQuartet
  69. Palmetto State Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=P.PalmettoStateQuartet
  70. Pine Ridge Boys: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=P.PineRidgeBoys
  71. Plainsmen: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=P.Plainsmen
  72. Premiers Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=P.PremiersQuartet
  73. Rebels: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=R.Rebels
  74. Rhythm Masters: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=R.RhythmMasters
  75. Roger McDuff: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=R.RogerMcDuff
  76. Ronnie Booth: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=R.RonnieBooth
  77. Sego Brothers And Naomi: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.SegoBrothersAndNaomi
  78. Senators: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.Senators
  79. Singing Americans: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.SingingAmericans
  80. Smitty Gatlin Trio: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.SmittyGatlinTrio
  81. Soul’d Out Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.SouldOutQuartet
  82. Songfellows Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.SongfellowsQuartet
  83. Speer Family: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.SpeerFamily
  84. Squire Parsons And Redeemed: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.SquireParsonsAndRedeemed
  85. Statesmen: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=S.Statesmen
  86. Talleys: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=T.Talleys
  87. Teddy Huffam And The Gems: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=T.TeddyHuffamAndTheGems
  88. Thrasher Brothers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=T.ThrasherBrothers
  89. Three Bridges: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=T.ThreeBridges
  90. Toney Brothers: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=T.ToneyBrothers
  91. Various Artists: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=V.VariousArtists
  92. Vicksburg Quartet: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=V.VicksburgQuartet
  93. Vocal Edition: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=V.VocalEdition
  94. Weatherfords: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=W.Weatherfords
  95. Whisnants: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=W.Whisnants
  96. Wills Family: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=W.WillsFamily
  97. Woodsmen: http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=W.Woodsmen

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