Luther Magby

Luther Martin Magby (June 5, 1896–November 10, 1966) was an American gospel singer who recorded two songs for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia on November 11, 1927, in which he both sang and accompanied himself on harmonium and tambourine. He and his wife Mamie were born in South Carolina. At the time of the 1920 Census, they and their one-year-old son Luther C. were living on a farm in Greenville County, South Carolina; Luther's occupation was recorded as "Farmer, General Farm". He is recorded as having died in Hartley County, Texas; although his residence at the time is recorded as Dalhart, Texas, which is in Dallam County.

In 2002, Luther Magby was performing in gospel shows at state fairs. The surname is uncommon, and that may have been the son, Luther C., already mentioned.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 5th, 1896 (South Carolina), Died November 10th, 1966

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W145216 10-in. 11/11/1927 Blessed are the poor in spirit Luther Magby Male vocal solo, with organ and tambourine vocalist  
Columbia W145217 10-in. 11/11/1927 Jesus is getting us ready for the great day Luther Magby Male vocal solo, with organ and tambourine vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Magby, Luther," accessed August 5, 2021,

Magby, Luther. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from

"Magby, Luther." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

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