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Pioneering Success: The Choir’s First Commercial Recording in 1949

While the Mormon Tabernacle Choir made its first recording in 1910, using a large phonograph machine, its first commercial recording wasn’t released until October 24,1949. As an introduction to the world, the album was aptly titled, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City. Released by Columbia Records, it included beloved tracks such as “Come, Come Ye Saints,” “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” The Lord’s Prayer,” and “A Mighty Fortress.” Though the album is out of print and unavailable for purchase it can still be found in vinyl format with a little patience and luck. See the complete track listing and details.

Since 1949, the Choir has released over 200 recordings, and shows no signs of slowing. In fact, a new recording titled, He Is Risen was just released for Easter. 

It is fitting that “Come, Come Ye Saints” was the first song on the first album for the following reason; The Mormon Tabernacle Choir may have been among the pioneers of early music recording, but "Come, Come Ye Saints" was called the “anthem of the nineteenth-century Mormon pioneers” and became a favorite hymn for the Saints traveling west in the 1840’s. More than 60 years after the original recording here is a video of the Choir performing “Come, Come Ye Saints.”