Oct. 29, 1905- Nov. 15, 1977
Albert Edward Brumley was a gospel music giant, a composer and singer best known for the enduring spiritual “I’ll Fly Away." Born near Spiro, Oklahoma, he spent much of his early life in the Oklahoma cotton fields before turning to music and music education. In addition to “I’ll Fly Away,” his more than 800 compositions include such classic gospel tunes as “Turn Your Radio On,” I’ll Meet You in the Morning,” and “If We Never Meet Again (This Side of Heaven).”
Brumley was posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Gospel category in 2013.