Francis Hall Johnson (March 12, 1888 – April 30, 1970) was an American composer and arranger of African-American spiritual music. He is one of a group—including Harry T. Burleigh, R. Nathaniel Dett, and Eva Jessye—who elevated the African-American spiritual to an art form, comparable in its musical sophistication to the compositions of European Classical composers.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 12th, 1888 (Athens), Died April 30th, 1970 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: choral director, arranger, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||CRC-70966||12-in.||12/4/1931||St. James Infirmary blues||Hall Johnson Choir||Mixed vocal chorus||choral director|
|Victor||CRC-70967||12-in.||12/4/1931||Water boy||Hall Johnson Choir||Mixed vocal chorus||choral director|
|Victor||BS-78582||10-in.||11/23/1933||Steal away||Carroll Hollister ; John Charles Thomas||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||arranger|
|Victor||CS-98636||12-in.||1/14/1936||City called Heaven||Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen||Contralto vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||PBS-042218||10-in.||11/2/1939||I got a mule||Hall Johnson Choir||Mixed vocal chorus||arranger, choral director|
|Columbia||W147005||10-in.||9/17/1928||City called heaven||Hall Johnson Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra||choral director, arranger|
|Columbia||W147009||10-in.||9/18/1928||Hold on||Hall Johnson Choir||Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra||choral director, arranger|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Hall," accessed November 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104261.
Johnson, Hall. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104261.
"Johnson, Hall." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 November 2020.
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