Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Thomas Andrew Dorsey (July 1, 1899 – January 23, 1993) was an American musician. Dorsey was known as "the father of gospel music" and was at one time so closely associated with the field that songs written in the new style were sometimes known as "dorseys". Dorsey was the music director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, from 1932 until the late–1970s.
Dorsey's best-known composition, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", was performed by Mahalia Jackson and was a favorite of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Another composition, "Peace in the Valley", was a hit for Red Foley in 1951 and has been performed by dozens of other artists, including Albertina Walker (the "Queen of Gospel"), Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The Library of Congress added his album Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey (1973) to the United States National Recording Registry in 2002.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 1st, 1899 (Villa Rica), Died January 23rd, 1993 (Chicago)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, composer, songwriter, lyricist, speaker
Notes: Used pseudonyms Georgia Tom and Memphis Mose.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 136 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-48619||10-in.||11/23/1928||It's tight like that||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-48755||10-in.||12/14/1928||Rolling mill stomp||State Street Stompers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48756||10-in.||12/14/1928||Panama blues||State Street Stompers||Jazz/dance band||speaker|
|Victor||BS-87037||10-in.||12/11/1934||I'll be home some day||Carter Family||Mixed vocal trio, with 2 guitars||composer|
|Victor||BS-99398||10-in.||2/27/1936||Red's tight like that||Tune Wranglers||String band, with male vocal solo and ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-028116||10-in.||10/18/1938||It's tight like that||Eddie De Lange Orchestra ; Phil Sillman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-032653||10-in.||2/5/1939||If you see my Saviour||Charlie Monroe’s Boys||Male vocal duet, with guitar and mandolin||lyricist, composer|
|Columbia||140064||10-in.||9/30/1924||Freight train blues||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Columbia||W147890||10-in.||1/26/1929||It's tight like that||Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||147945||10-in.||2/8/1929||It's tight like that||Lou Gold Orchestra ; Robert Wood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||8484||10-in.||Oct. 1923||Riverside blues||King Oliver’s Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||9789||10-in.||6/25/1926||That Creole band||Gut Bucket Five ; Albert Wynn||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-71595||10-in.||June 1923||I just want a daddy||Alice Carter||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|OKeh||S-72858||10-in.||Sept. 1924||Eagle Rock me, papa||Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Sara Martin||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet||songwriter|
|OKeh||W401534||10-in.||1/15/1929||It's tight like that||Burning Eight ; Luis Russell||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W402204||10-in.||12/11/1928||(Honey) It's tight like that||Harry Jones ; Papa Too Sweet||Male vocal duet, with piano and guitar||songwriter, instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W402205||10-in.||12/11/1928||Big fat mama||Papa Too Sweet||Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W403307||10-in.||11/15/1929||Lonesome man blues||Sylvester Palmer||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist, composer|
|Brunswick||C2148||10-in.||7/26/1928||Devilish blues||Stovepipe Johnson||Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||C2149||10-in.||7/26/1928||Green grass||Stovepipe Johnson||Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||C2150||10-in.||7/26/1928||Squabble blues||Stovepipe Johnson||Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||C2151||10-in.||7/26/1928||Don’t let your mouth start nothing your head won’t stand||Stovepipe Johnson||Male vocal solo and yodeling, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||C2300||10-in.||9/6/1928||Long ago blues||Georgia Tom||Male vocal solo, with guitar||vocalist, composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||C2301||10-in.||9/6/1928||Lonesome man blues||Georgia Tom||Male vocal solo, with guitar||vocalist, composer, lyricist|
|Brunswick||C2323||10-in.||9/20/1928||Long ago blues||Georgia Tom||Male vocal solo, with guitar||vocalist, composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Thomas Andrew," accessed April 11, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.
Dorsey, Thomas Andrew. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.
"Dorsey, Thomas Andrew." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 April 2021.
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