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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 76-100 of 122 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 of 122 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Thomas Andrew," accessed February 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

Dorsey, Thomas Andrew. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106306.

"Dorsey, Thomas Andrew." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 February 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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