Tedd Smith

By   •   January 30, 2009

As pianist for the Billy Graham team for 54 years, I was privileged to accompany George Beverly Shea at the piano. My experiences with Bev, both musically and personally, were meaningful in many ways.

Besides the ministry I had with Bev in the Billy Graham Crusades, I will always remember the concerts we held for many years in major concert halls throughout the United States and Canada, as well as extended tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Orient. We also worked together on recordings, television programs and hundreds of other events as diverse as providing Christmas music for the American troops in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, or accompanying Bev when he sang one night at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

It has been a joy to be part of Bev’s life and ministry. He has always conveyed the love of God in a voice that has touched audiences in a personal way through his gentle, clear and profound manner of singing. Bev remains a lifelong friend whose friendship I treasure.

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  1. Sonja Gale says:

    Dear Tedd,
    I am someone that, along with my husband at the time, was privileged to meet you way back in 1958 when my husband and I were on a choir trip with Wheaton College. My husband, Bruce, was privileged to stay in your home in Western Springs, Maryland. Because he sent you and your wife a thank you card, you responded and there began a relationship. During the 1962 Chicago crusade, you accepted the invitation to give a concert where my husband was minister of music. Your humility and grace greatly impressed us! We went to Costa Rica in 1965 where my husband finished Medical School (in Spanish) and served for 39 years. My husband is with the Lord now, but I wanted to tell you what an inspiration you were and ARE to us both. God bless.

  2. Stuart J. Mitchell says:

    As a young convert at the Glasgow, “Tell Scotland” Crusade in April 1955, I was intensely attracted by the low-profile, but superb keyboard expertise of Tedd Smith. In 1981 Luis Palau returned for the next major crusade in the same venue, when I was privileged to share the piano-playing. Tedd was an immense (though unconscious) influence on me, and for his life’s work I will be eternally grateful. It was a privilege to chat to him for an afternoon in Glasgow in 1991 and experience his humility and artistry face to face. His recorded legacy should be issued on CD. His standards of musical ministry remain the ideal for young Christian pianists, even in these days (sadly) of the Praise Band. Thank you, Tedd, for so much.

  3. Lois Whitehead says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of music to the world.
    I remember listening to you play at the Crusades in Toronto many years ago. I only wish you would receive the recognition you so deserve on the programmes on Dr. Graham and on Bev. Shea that have been shown on T.V. Bill Gaither does not mention you in the interview he did with Mr. Shea.
    Thank you