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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 51-75 of 112 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 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.

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

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