John Newton (; 4 August [O.S. 24 July] 1725 – 21 December 1807) was an English Anglican clergyman and abolitionist who was forced to serve as a sailor in the Royal Navy for a period. In 1745 he became a slave of Princess Peye, a black princess of the Sherbro people and then, years after, he became the captain of slave ships. He later became ordained as an evangelical Anglican cleric, serving Olney, Buckinghamshire for two decades, and also wrote hymns, including "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken".
Newton started his career at sea at a young age, and worked on slave ships in the slave trade for several years. After experiencing a period of Christian conversion Newton eventually renounced his trade and became a prominent supporter of abolitionism, living to see the UK's abolition of the African slave trade in 1807, just before his death.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 4th, 1725 (London), Died December 21st, 1807 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-41844||10-in.||2/4/1928||Amazing grace||Friendship Four||Mixed vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-47207||10-in.||10/19/1928||Return again||Sacred Harp Singers||Male vocal trio, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56580||10-in.||11/23/1929||Can I forget?||Mr. & Mrs. R.N. Grisham||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142096||10-in.||4/23/1926||Amazing grace||The Wisdom Sisters||Female vocal trio, unaccompanied||lyricist|
|Brunswick||8418||10-in.||approximately July 1922||New Britain C.M.||The Original Sacred Harp Choir||Mixed vocal chorus||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Newton, John," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101883.
Newton, John. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101883.
"Newton, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.
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