Ralph Carmichael, pop and Christian music songwriter and bandleader, dies at 94

Ralph Carmichael, a Christian composer whose music was recorded by Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, and the Carpenters as well as gospel stalwarts George Beverly Shea and Bill Gaither died Monday aged 94 at his Camarillo, California, home, his family announced Wednesday. File photo Christian worship concert. Photo credit: By bluebeyphoto via Shutterstock

Ralph Carmichael, a Christian composer whose music was recorded by Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, and the Carpenters as well as gospel stalwarts George Beverly Shea and Bill Gaither died Monday aged 94 at his Camarillo, California, home, his family announced Wednesday.

“Ralph enjoyed his life to the fullest,” his family wrote on Facebook. “He was passionate about the music that flowed from his soul and created it as the consummate professional.”

Mr. Carmichael arranged “The Magic of Christmas” in 1960 for Cole and went on to become the R&B crooner’s most-used music arranger

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