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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 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  
(Results 101-112 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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