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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 (Results 51-75 of 122 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 122 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Thomas Andrew," accessed March 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

Dorsey, Thomas Andrew. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

"Dorsey, Thomas Andrew." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 March 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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