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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 76-100 of 112 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 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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