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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 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

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 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 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  
Brunswick C2324 10-in. 9/20/1928 Lonesome man blues Georgia Tom Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2325 10-in. 9/19/1928 Grievin’ me blues Georgia Tom Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2326 10-in. 9/19/1928 It’s tight like that Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2415 10-in. 10/8/1928 It’s tight like that Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with piano and guitar vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2433 10-in. 10/10/1928 Some cold rainy day Bertha Chippie Hill ; Tampa Red Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2449 10-in. 10/16/1928 Christmas man blues Bertha Chippie Hill ; Tampa Red Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C2450 10-in. 10/16/1928 Grievin’ me blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2476 10-in. 10/24/1928 It’s tight like that Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2508 10-in. 11/1/1928 Long ago blues Georgia Tom Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2536 10-in. 11/9/1928 It’s tight like that Hokum Jug Band ; Frankie Half Pint Jaxon ; Tampa Red Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick C2554 10-in. 11/12/1928 Ocean blues Octavia Dick Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C2610 10-in. 11/28/1928 It’s tight like that Walter Barnes ; Royal Creolians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick C2635 10-in. 12/5/1928 It’s tight like that no. 3 Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano composer, vocalist  
Brunswick C2636 10-in. 12/6/1928 Strange woman blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2637 10-in. 12/6/1928 Jelly whippin’ blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2638 10-in. 12/6/1928 It’s tight like that no. 2 Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2650 10-in. 12/11/1928 Uncle Bud (Dog-gone him) Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2651 10-in. 12/11/1928 Train time blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2652 10-in. 12/11/1928 Chicago moan blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2653 10-in. 12/11/1928 Juicy lemon blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2705 10-in. 12/24/1928 It’s tight like that Walter Barnes ; Royal Creolians Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Brunswick C2710 10-in. 12/27/1928 It’s tight like that Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
Brunswick C2777 10-in. 1/9/1929 Juicy lemon blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2778 10-in. 1/9/1928 Chicago moan blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Brunswick C2779 10-in. 1/9/1928 Strange woman blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Brunswick C2780 10-in. 1/9/1928 Jelly whippin’ blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Brunswick C2782 10-in. 1/12/1929 Train time blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2783 10-in. 1/12/1929 It’s tight like that no. 3 Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2784 10-in. 1/12/1929 Uncle Bud (Dog gone him) Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2791 10-in. 1/14/1929 It’s tight like that no. 2 Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C2808 10-in. 1/16/1929 It’s tight like that Tampa Red Guitar solo songwriter  
Brunswick C3155 10-in. 3/20/1929 Don’t drink it in here Bill Johnson’s Louisiana Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C3163 10-in. 3/21/1929 You ain’t livin’ right The Hokum Boys Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C3186 10-in. 3/25/1929 That’s the way she likes it David Cross Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick C3187 10-in. 3/25/1929 Then my gal’s in town David Cross Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick C3421 10-in. 5/2/1929 What you gonna do? Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3422 10-in. 5/2/1929 Givin’ it away Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3459 10-in. 5/9/1929 It’s so nice Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo and male vocal duet, with guitar and piano composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3460 10-in. 5/9/1929 Voice of the blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C3477 10-in. 5/11/1929 Come and go to that land Gospel Camp Meeting Singers Vocal ensemble, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C3478 10-in. 5/11/1929 Hold to His hand Gospel Camp Meeting Singers Vocal ensemble, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C3485 10-in. 5/13/1929 The duck’s yas, yas, yas Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo and male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3540 10-in. 5/25/1929 Pat that bread Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo and male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C3594 10-in. 6/13/1929 What is it that tastes like gravy? Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3595 10-in. 6/13/1929 You better tighten up on it Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3806 10-in. 7/9/1929 Come on, mama, do that dance Hokum Jug Band ; Frankie Half Pint Jaxon ; Tampa Red Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C3854 10-in. 7/12/1929 Friendless blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3855 10-in. 7/12/1929 Real kind daddy blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3861 10-in. 7/12/1929 Real kind daddy blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3892 10-in. 7/16/1929 Warm it up to me Jim Jackson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C3894 10-in. 7/16/1929 Crazy ‘bout Nancy Jane Jim Jackson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C3896 10-in. 7/18/1929 Pig meat papa Memphis Mose Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C3897 10-in. 7/18/1929 Hear me beefin’ at you Memphis Mose Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Brunswick C4184 10-in. 9/4/1929 Mama don’t allow no easy riders here Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4185 10-in. 9/4/1929 Strewin' your mess Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo and male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4238 10-in. 9/5/1929 Dying mercy blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4721½ 10-in. 11/19/1929 Worried man blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4722½ 10-in. 11/19/1929 Mrs. Baker’s blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4723 10-in. 11/19/1929 Blue moanin’ blues Memphis Mose Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C4724 10-in. 11/19/1929 Tomorrow blues Memphis Mose Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4754 10-in. 11/27/1929 The sailor song (The boy in the boat) Memphis Mose Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Brunswick C5029 10-in. 12/13/1929 Billie the grinder Memphis Mose Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick C5034 10-in. 12/17/1929 Blue moanin’ blues Memphis Mose Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Brunswick C5042 10-in. 12/23/1929 Corrine Corrina Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5043 10-in. 12/23/1929 Kunjine baby Georgia Tom ; Frankie Half Pint Jaxon ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo and male vocal trio, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5174 10-in. Jan. 1930 That stuff you sell Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5728 10-in. May 1930 You got that stuff Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty ; Tampa Red Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C5729 10-in. May 1930 The doctor’s blues Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty ; Tampa Red Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5730 10-in. May 1930 The doctor’s blues Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty ; Tampa Red Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C6112 10-in. Aug. 1930 Do it by myself Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6113 10-in. Aug. 1930 Room rent blues Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6114 10-in. Aug. 1930 Fish house blues Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C6115 10-in. Aug. 1930 Show me what you got Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6472 10-in. Nov. 1930 Killing floor blues Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with 2 pianos vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6473 10-in. Nov. 1930 How can you have the blues Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with 2 pianos vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C6829 10-in. Nov. 1930 Who’s been here since I been gone? Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with 2 pianos vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C6830 10-in. Nov. 1930 “Gyms” too much for me Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with 2 pianos vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6849 10-in. Dec. 1930 When can I get it Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6850 10-in. Dec. 1930 That thing’s a mess Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6877 10-in. 1/5/1931 Root man blues Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6878 10-in. 1/5/1931 Close made papa Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6893 10-in. 1/7/1931 Scronchin’ Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6894 10-in. 1/7/1931 What a fool I’ve been Georgia Tom ; Kansas City Kitty Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick NO121 10-in. 3/5/1929 It’s tight like that Milton Paisant Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Brunswick M193 10-in. Sept. 1929 Whiskey drinking blues Georgia Tom ; Jenny Pope ; Tampa Red Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick M194 10-in. Sept. 1929 Doggin’ me around blues Georgia Tom ; Jenny Pope ; Tampa Red Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick M203 10-in. 9/24/1929 Jim Jackson’s jamboree Jim Jackson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and talking instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick M204 10-in. 9/24/1929 Jim Jackson’s jamboree Georgia Tom ; Jim Jackson ; Speckled Red ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and talking instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick M205 10-in. 9/24/1929 Jim Jackson’s jamboree Georgia Tom ; Jim Jackson ; Speckled Red ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and talking instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick M206 10-in. 9/24/1929 Jim Jackson’s jamboree Georgia Tom ; Jim Jackson ; Speckled Red ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and talking instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick TC2497 10-in. 10/27/1928 Ocean blues Octavia Dick Female vocal solo composer  
Brunswick TC2792 10-in. 1/14/1929 Train time blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Edison 9105 10-in. 7/30/1923 I just want a daddy (I can call my own) Charles A. Matson's Creole Serenaders Jazz/dance band composer  
Decca 16221 10-in. 2/5/1930 Second hand woman blues Georgia Tom vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 16222 10-in. 2/5/1930 Maybe it's the blues Georgia Tom vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 16224 10-in. 2/5/1930 Levee bound blues Georgia Tom vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 16225 10-in. 2/5/1930 Gee, but it's hard Georgia Tom vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Thomas Andrew," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

Dorsey, Thomas Andrew. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

"Dorsey, Thomas Andrew." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.

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