A. C. Forehand

A. C. (also, "Asey" or "Asa") Forehand and (Blind) Mamie Forehand were husband and wife American gospel musicians. They recorded four songs for Victor Records in 1927. A. C. is credited with the two songs recorded on February 25, and Mamie with the two recorded on February 28 – according to which one of them sang, but both played on all four: A. C. guitar and harmonica, Mamie an instrument variously identified as triangle or finger cymbals.

A. C. was born in Columbus, Georgia on August 9, 1890 (according to his second wife, Frances) or 1893 (according to the Social Security Death Index). He lost his sight in 1904. Mamie is said to have been born on June 8, 1895; she too was blind. In the 1920 Census, A. C. gave his age as 29 (which is consistent with the 1890 birth date) and his profession as "None". Mamie was registered as being 23, and their daughter Rideth Mae as being three years old. The family was at that time residing in Birmingham, Alabama.

Around 1930, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Mamie died; and in 1936, A. C. married Frances Forest (born July 5, 1920, in New Orleans), a blind pianist and organist. In the 1960s, the couple were active in the Church of God in Christ. A. C. died on May 9, 1972, and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Memphis, in an unmarked grave. Frances outlived him.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 9, 1890 (Columbus), Died May 9, 1972

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist, composer, songwriter

Notes: Victor ledgers indicate that this performer was blind.

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37948 10-in. 2/25/1927 Mother's prayer A. C. Forehand Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-37949 10-in. 2/25/1927 I'm so glad today, today A. C. Forehand Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-37961 10-in. 2/28/1927 Honey in the rock Mamie Forehand Female vocal solo, with guitar and finger cymbals instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-37962 10-in. 2/28/1927 Wouldn't mind dying if dying was all Mamie Forehand Female vocal solo, with guitar and finger cymbals instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Forehand, A. C.," accessed July 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105959.

Forehand, A. C.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105959.

"Forehand, A. C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105959

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