Waco composer and pianist Kurt Kaiser, writer of familiar Christian songs as “Pass It On” and “Oh How He Loves You and Me,” died Monday at his Waco home after a long illness. He was 83.
Kurt Kaiser joined Word, Inc. in 1959 as director of A&R and later became vice president and director of Word Music. Kurt arranged and produced albums for Kathleen Battle, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Larnelle Harris, Burl Ives, George Beverly Shea, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ethel Waters and many more. In 1992, Kaiser was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP. An acclaimed pianist, Kaiser appeared in concert with George Beverly Shea for more than 20 years and has recorded 16 instrumental albums, including the Dove Award-winning Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. He had more than 200 copyrighted songs to his credit, including the early Jesus Music Anthem, “Pass It On.”
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