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J. Rosamond Johnson

John Rosamond Johnson (August 11, 1873 – November 11, 1954, usually referred to as J. Rosamond Johnson) was an American composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he had much of his career in New York City. Johnson is noted as the composer of the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing", which has come to be known in the United States as the "Negro National Anthem". It was first performed live by 500 Black American students from the segregated Stanton School (elementary/middle/junior high-level), Jacksonville, Florida, in 1900. The song was published by Joseph W. Stern & Co., Manhattan, New York (later the Edward B. Marks Music Company).

J. Rosamond Johnson was the younger brother of poet and activist James Weldon Johnson, who wrote the lyrics for "Lift Every Voice and Sing". The two also worked together in causes related to the NAACP.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 11th, 1873 (Jacksonville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, organ, songwriter, bass vocal, piano, arranger, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]585 7-in. 1/5/1901 Why don't the band play? S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]585 10-in. 5/16/1902 Why don't the band play? S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]585 12-in. 5/16/1902 Why don't the band play? S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]991 7-in. 10/11/1901 In my castle on the River Nile Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]991 10-in. 10/11/1901 In my castle on the River Nile Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1099 7-in. 11/20/1901 Come out, Dinah, on the green Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1099 10-in. 11/20/1901 Come out, Dinah, on the green Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1296 7-in. 3/5/1902 Tell me, dusky maiden Arthur Collins ; Joseph Natus Male vocal duet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1296 10-in. 3/5/1902 Tell me dusky maiden Arthur Collins ; Joseph Natus Male vocal duet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1327 7-in. 3/14/1902 Oh! Didn't he ramble! Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1327 10-in. 3/14/1902 Oh! Didn't he ramble! Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1353 7-in. 4/8/1902 The maiden with the dreamy eyes Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1353 10-in. 4/8/1902 The maiden with the dreamy eyes Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1388 7-in. 5/16/1902 Nobody's looking but the owl and moon S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1388 10-in. 5/16/1902 Nobody's looking but the owl and moon S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]1388 12-in. 5/16/1902 Nobody's looking but the owl and moon S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1436 10-in. 6/19/1902 Medley overture Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1633 7-in. 9/18/1902 Under the bamboo tree Arthur Collins Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1633 10-in. 9/18/1902 Under the bamboo tree Arthur Collins Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1805 7-in. 11/26/1902 Under the bamboo tree S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1805 10-in. 11/26/1902 Under the bamboo tree S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1918 7-in. 1/28/1903 Under the bamboo tree Mina Hickman Female vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1918 10-in. 1/28/1903 Under the bamboo tree Mina Hickman Female vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1949 10-in. 2/9/1903 Tell me dusky maiden S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1993 7-in. 2/27/1903 Under the bamboo tree Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1993 10-in. 2/27/1903 Under the bamboo tree Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1998 7-in. 2/27/1903 Under the bamboo tree John H. Bieling ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1998 10-in. 2/27/1903 Under the bamboo tree John H. Bieling ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]2076 7-in. 3/17/1903 Under the bamboo tree Jules Levy Cornet solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]2076 10-in. 3/17/1903 Under the bamboo tree Jules Levy Cornet solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3008 10-in. 1/5/1901 Why don't the band play S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3609 10-in. 10/11/1901 In my castle on the River Nile Bert Williams Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]31068 12-in. 1901-02 Congo love song Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor B-42 10-in. 5/26/1903 Congo love song Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-42 7-in. 5/26/1903 Congo love song Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-43 7-in. 5/26/1903 Tell me, dusky maiden S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor B-43 10-in. 5/26/1903 Tell me, dusky maiden S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor A-50 7-in. 5/27/1903 Congo love song Mina Hickman Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-50 10-in. 5/27/1903 Congo love song Mina Hickman Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-106 [Old series] 12-in. 2/9/1903 or 5/26/1903 Tell me dusky maiden S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet composer  
Victor C-196 [Old series] 12-in. 2/9/1903 or 5/26/1903 Congo love song Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor A-359 7-in. 8/28/1903 Congo love song Sousa's Band Band, with trombone solo composer  
Victor B-359 10-in. 8/28/1903 Congo love song Sousa's Band Band, with trombone solo composer  
Victor C-359 12-in. 8/28/1903 Congo love song Sousa's Band Band, with trombone solo composer  
Victor A-501 7-in. 10/6/1903 Under the bamboo tree John H. Bieling ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor B-501 10-in. 10/6/1903 Under the bamboo tree John H. Bieling ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Victor A-558 7-in. 10/14/1903 The maiden with the dreamy eyes Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor A-642 7-in. 11/6/1903 The maiden with the dreamy eyes Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-710 7-in. 11/18/1903 Under the bamboo tree Mina Hickman Female vocal solo composer  
Victor B-710 10-in. 11/18/1903 Under the bamboo tree Mina Hickman Female vocal solo composer  
Victor B-1181 10-in. 4/4/1904 Oh Didn't he ramble Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-1248 7-in. 4/22/1904 Big Indian chief Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1248 10-in. 4/22/1904 Big Indian chief Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1549 10-in. 7/1/1904 Mandy, won't you let me be your beau? Harry Tally Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-1549 7-in. 7/1/1904 Mandy, won't you let me be your beau? Harry Tally Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-2456 10-in. 4/7/1905 Mexico J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-2520 10-in. 5/4/1905 Lazy moon Haydn Quartet ; Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4855 10-in. 10/2/1907 Who do you love? Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6673 10-in. 12/16/1908 The sweetest gal in town Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8177 10-in. 8/25/1909 Run, Brudder 'Possum, run! Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-13488 10-in. 6/25/1913 Since you went away Daniel Beddoe Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-13865 10-in. 9/26/1913 Since you went away George Hamlin Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-15017 10-in. 6/26/1914 Roll them cotton bales Heidelberg Quintette Male vocal quintet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-17203 10-in. 2/24/1916 You go your way and I'll go mine Marie Cahill Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20004 10-in. 5/29/1917 Under the bamboo tree Marie Cahill Female vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor B-24037 10-in. 5/5/1920 Since you went away Fritz Kreisler ; John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with violin and piano composer  
Victor BVE-32798 10-in. 7/27/1925 Li'l gal Paul Robeson Bass vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-38415 10-in. 3/30/1927 Since you went away Paul Robeson Bass vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-49077 12-in. 1/18/1929 Minstrel show of 1929 Victor Minstrels Minstrels, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-55694 10-in. 9/17/1929 Animals coming in Four Wanderers Male vocal quartet, with organ instrumentalist, organ  
Victor BVE-55695 10-in. 9/17/1929 Preaching of the elder Four Wanderers Male vocal quartet, with organ instrumentalist, organ  
Victor BVE-55696 10-in. 9/17/1929 In my father's house Four Wanderers Male vocal quartet, with organ instrumentalist, organ  
Victor BVE-55697 10-in. 9/17/1929 The fault's in me Four Wanderers Male vocal quartet, with organ instrumentalist, organ  
Victor BS-77467 10-in. 8/14/1933 Since you went away Annette Claire Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-83683 10-in. 8/6/1934 Just an old banjo (Without any strings) Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-067506 10-in. 7/29/1941 Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Deep River Boys ; Bea Wain Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band arranger  
Victor BS-067620 10-in. 8/7/1941 My castle on the Nile Eton Boys ; Claude Garreau Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1926-11-15-05] 10-in. 11/15/1926 Didn't my lord deliver Daniel Taylor Gordon ; J. Rosamond Johnson Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, bass vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1926-11-15-06] 10-in. 11/15/1926 Swing low, sweet chariot Taylor Gordon ; J. Rosamond Johnson Male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, bass vocal, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 13 7-in. ca. 1901-Oct. 1905 Come out, Dinah, on the green Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 13 10-in. ca. 1901 Come out, Dinah, on the green Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 932 7-in. ca. 1902 Mandy, won't you let me be your beau Harry Tally Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 932 10-in. ca. 1902 Mandy, won't you let me be your beau Harry Tally Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 970 7-in. ca. 1902 Under the bamboo tree Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Columbia 970 10-in. ca. 1902 Under the bamboo tree Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Columbia 1086 7-in. ca. 1902 No use in asking, 'cause you know the reason why Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1086 10-in. ca. 1902 No use in asking, 'cause you know the reason why Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1371 10-in. ca. 1903 A congo love song Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1371 7-in. ca. 1903-Oct. 1905 A Congo love song Bob Roberts Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1832 10-in. ca. Jan.-July 1904 Nobody's lookin' but de owl and de moon Corinne Morgan ; Frank C. Stanley Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1854 7-in. ca. 1904 Big Indian chief J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1854 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1904 Big Indian chief J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 3712 10-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1907 Who do you love? Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 3969 10-in. ca. 1908 The big red shawl Henry Burr ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 3986 10-in. ca. Jan. 1908-Feb. 1909 The sweetest gal in town Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 4172 10-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1909 Run, Brudder Possum, run Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 77592 10-in. 12/20/1917 The old flag never touched the ground Chautauqua Preachers’ Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Columbia 49047 12-in. 12/29/1916 Since you went away Louis Graveure Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W143922 10-in. 4/6/1927 Lift every voice and sing Atlanta University Choir Vocal chorus, with piano composer  
OKeh S-70067 10-in. July-Aug. 1921 Sweet daddy (Hold me closer all the time) Daisy Martin Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-70600 10-in. ca. 4/10/1922 Nobody knows the trouble I see Excelsior Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
OKeh W80962 10-in. 6/2/1927 Chicken, you can't roost too high for me Tom Collins Banjo solo, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W81710 10-in. 10/7/1927 They don't roost too high for me Earl Johnson and his Clodhoppers Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo and talk songwriter  
OKeh W404627 10-in. 12/9/1930 Didn’t he ramble Fiddlin' John Carson ; Virginia Reelers Mixed vocal trio, with fiddle (violin), banjo, and guitar composer  
Brunswick 12153-12156 10-in. 12/20/1923 Li’l gal Marie Tiffany Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 12270-12271 10-in. 1/11/1924 Li'l gal Marie Tiffany Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick M847 10-in. 11/23/1928 My castle on the Nile Wonder State Harmonists Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble composer  
Brunswick E28917 10-in. 12/20/1928 Oh didn’t he ramble Buckle Busters ; Al Hopkins Male vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 5507 10-in. 4/16/1917 My lady Chlo' Vernon Dalhart Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5765 10-in. 9/5/1917 Nobody knows the trouble I see Vernon Dalhart Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Vocalion E3060-E3062 12-in. 5/15/1926 I told my love to the roses Colin O'More Male vocal solo, with string quartet, bass, and piano composer  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 230-A] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 The sweetest gal in town Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, J. Rosamond," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105114.

Johnson, J. Rosamond. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105114.

"Johnson, J. Rosamond." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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