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 101-112 of 112 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||S-70600||10-in.||ca. 4/10/1922||Nobody knows the trouble I see||Excelsior Quartette||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||composer|
|OKeh||W80962||10-in.||6/2/1927||Chicken, you can't roost too high for me||Tom Collins||Banjo solo, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W81710||10-in.||10/7/1927||They don't roost too high for me||Earl Johnson and his Clodhoppers||Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo and talk||songwriter|
|OKeh||W404627||10-in.||12/9/1930||Didn’t he ramble||Fiddlin' John Carson ; Virginia Reelers||Mixed vocal trio, with fiddle (violin), banjo, and guitar||composer|
|Brunswick||12153-12156||10-in.||12/20/1923||Li’l gal||Marie Tiffany||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||12270-12271||10-in.||1/11/1924||Li'l gal||Marie Tiffany||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||M847||10-in.||11/23/1928||My castle on the Nile||Wonder State Harmonists||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble||composer|
|Brunswick||E28917||10-in.||12/20/1928||Oh didn’t he ramble||Buckle Busters ; Al Hopkins||Male vocal and instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Edison||5507||10-in.||4/16/1917||My lady Chlo'||Vernon Dalhart||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||5765||10-in.||9/5/1917||Nobody knows the trouble I see||Vernon Dalhart||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||arranger|
|Vocalion||E3060-E3062||12-in.||5/15/1926||I told my love to the roses||Colin O'More||Male vocal solo, with string quartet, bass, and piano||composer|
|Leeds & Catlin||[L & C cat 230-A]||10-in.||between late 1908 and early 1909||The sweetest gal in town||Collins and Harlan||Male vocal duet||songwriter|
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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