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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 Chicago

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano, composer, songwriter, lyricist, speaker

Notes: Used pseudonyms Georgia Tom and Memphis Mose.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 67 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 composer, lyricist  
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 W147945 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 instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
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 composer, lyricist  
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  
(Results 1-25 of 67 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Thomas Andrew," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

Dorsey, Thomas Andrew. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

"Dorsey, Thomas Andrew." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306

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