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Hall Johnson

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 New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: choral director, arranger, composer

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Hall," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104261.

Johnson, Hall. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104261.

"Johnson, Hall." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104261

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