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|
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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