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Calvin Hampton (Composer)

Born: 31st December 1938, Kittanginning, Pennsylvania, United States

Died: 5th August 1984, Port Charlotte, Florida, United States

Nationality: American

(George) Calvin Hampton was a leading American organist and sacred music composer.

Hampton was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania and raised in Ravenna, Ohio. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 1960 and from Syracuse University in 1963.

From September 1963 through June 1983, he was organist and choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. His “Fridays at Midnight” organ recital series, which ran from 1974 to 1983, was among the most well-known and popular organ recital series in American history.