RHYMES AND REASONS
Billy G's John the B
Saluting George Beverly Shea's 100th birthday.
by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 6, 2009
A masculine name, a feminine one,
* George Beverly Shea was born February 1, 1909 in Winchester, Ontario, Canada. Originally an radio announcer at WMBI radio in Chicago, "Bev" Shea became a member of Billy Graham's Evangelistic Association some sixty years ago. At each crusade service (often held in sports stadiums), he sang immediately before Mr. Graham stood up to preach. The signature songs associated with the Graham Crusades and Mr. Shea are "How Great Thou Art," "In Times Like These," "Just As I Am," and the gospel song composed by"Bev" Shea... "I'd Rather Have Jesus."
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