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. Gene Burress says:

    I met Tedd Smith in 1954 on a subway after a meeting at Haringay Arena, London. He invited me to sit near him the next evening.

  2. Fred Strong says:

    I had the privilege to see and hear you, and see Bev sing in Melbourne in 1959. God bless.

  3. Susan McCleskey says:

    I was privileged to serve as a choir member and children’s counselor in the 1861 crusade on Miami Beach.

  4. John B Jackson says:

    Hi, my aunt Mary Pauline “Mauneen” Rodiger-Drown played piano for Billy and Shea in the era of 1945 during the fist Graham Crusades. Anyone have any stories or pictures of her? Thanks.

  5. David Stone says:

    I agree with Randy,
    Tedd Smith was a real inspiration to me.
    I was privileged to sing in many choirs, at various Billy Graham Crusades, under the direction of Cliff Barrows, and with Tedd at the piano, & Don at the organ. This was back in the ’60s & ’70s. I still listen to their recordings now.

    My own keyboard playing has been shaped by those experiences, and I shall always be grateful to God for giving me the ability, and Tedd & Don the inspiration & style.