This tape was given to me by a good friend, Salvation Army Captain Robert Parker upon my joining the Board of Visitors at The Salvation Army College for Officers Training in Atlanta in 1996. Robert was on the faculty staff at the college at the time. His letter which is included explains the background of this audio recording, which I won’t repeat here.
Sidney Cox was 76 years of age at the time of this occasion. This was one of many Salvation Army meetings to which he was invited to share his message and music. He had retired from the Army 19 years prior, in 1944, but was still much in demand and was truly an iconic figure in Army circles because of his influence and musical contribution.
Here he is addressing the current “Session” of Salvation Army cadets (18 – 24 year olds) attending the Salvation Army training college in New York. He was very much at home in this setting as he had served as the Principal of the Army’s training college in Atlanta from 1937 – 1942. He is particularly spirited in this role of mentor, leader, teacher and preacher. His address also contains some very special personal renditions of some of his best known songs and choruses.
J. Douglas Cox, grandson of Sidney and Violet Cox. January 2009.