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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 (Results 26-50 of 112 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 112 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, J. Rosamond," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105114.

Johnson, J. Rosamond. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105114.

"Johnson, J. Rosamond." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105114

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