One Of Americas Most Famous Gospel Singers Turns 102

02.01.11 | Bob Price, Sarah Harnisch

America's most famous gospel singer celebrates his 102 birthday today. George Beverly Shea was born on February 1st, 1909, in Canada. He's known and beloved for his work with the Billy Graham crusade, performing thousands of hymns and songs to the delight of millions around the world. Shea studied voice for 17 years, then hooked up with a young Billy Graham. He said Graham asked if he'd go along with the band, he asked if he'd have to speak in front of crowds. He said Graham chuckled and said "I hope not." Mr. Shea has worked with Billy Graham since 1947.