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John Newton

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,

Newton, John. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from

"Newton, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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