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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.

Newton went to sea at a young age and worked on slave ships in the slave trade for several years. In 1745, he himself became a slave of Princess Peye, a woman of the Sherbro people, but later returned to sea and was the captain of slave ships. Some years after experiencing a conversion to Christianity Newton later renounced his trade and became a prominent supporter of abolitionism. Now an evangelical, he was ordained as a Church of England clergyman and served as parish priest at Olney, Buckinghamshire, for two decades. He also wrote hymns, including "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken".

Newton lived to see the British Empire’s abolition of the African slave trade in 1807, just months 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 December 7, 2021,

Newton, John. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2021, from

"Newton, John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 December 2021.

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