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WILL THERE BE ANY STARS. Old-Time, Air (4/4 time). F Major (Hammons): G Major (Silberberg). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. In the repertoire of West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammons. “Will there be any stars in my crown?” [Roud 22423] is the name of a hymn written in 1897 by Eliza E. Hewitt, set to a melody by John R. Sweney, and can be found as No. 787 in the Baptist Sankey hymnal. It begins:

I am thinking today of that beautiful land
I shall reach when the sun goeth down;
When through wonderful grace by my Savior I stand,
Will there be any stars in my crown?

Chorus:
Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown
When at evening the sun goeth down?
When I wake with the blest in the mansions of rest
Will there be any stars in my crown?

The hymn has been recorded numerous times by American country and bluegrass music stars such as George Jones, Ferlin Husky, Alison Krauss, the Cox Family and others.

Source for notated version: Melvin Wine (W.Va.) [Silberberg].

Printed sources: Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 170 (appears as “Will There be Stars in My Crown”).

Recorded sources: Paramount ‎3052 (78 RPM), Sid Hardreaker & Grady Moore (1927). Edden Hammons Collection, Disc 2. Waterson:Carthy – “Common Tongue.”

See also listing at:
Hear Sid Hardreaker & Grady Moore’s 1927 recording at youtube.com [1]




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