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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 101-122 of 122 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 101-122 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.

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

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