Ralph Carmichael

Known as “The Dean of Contemporary Christian Music,” Ralph Carmichael was born in Quincy, Illinois on May 27, 1927.  He composed and arranged for I Love Lucy, arranged and conducted for Nat King Cole’s landmark Christmas album, served as music director for many Billy Graham films, and wrote some of the earliest Christian youth musicals, including “Tell It Like It Is” and “Natural High.”  Ralph Carmichael

He has worked with an incredible variety of artists throughout his career, among them Count Basie, Pat Boone, Bing Crosby, AndraĆ© Crouch, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Heindorf, Lena Horne, Kurt Kaiser, Stan Kenton, The King Sisters, Al Martino, Billy May, Clint Walker, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Tex Ritter, Allen Sherman, Red Skelton, and Roger Williams. Some of his other work for film and television includes The Cross and the Switchblade, The David Frost Show, 4D Man, The King Family Show, The Late Liz, My Mother the Car, and O. K. Crackerby! 

Carmichael founded both Light Records and Lexicon Music, Inc., has won an Emmy, and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.  He lives in southern California with his wife of many years, Marvella. 


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