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|
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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