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George W. Johnson

George Washington Johnson (c. October 1846 – January 23, 1914) was a singer and pioneer sound recording artist, the first African-American recording star of the phonograph.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1846 (Virginia), Died January 23rd, 1914 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist, composer, speaker, whistling

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 53 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 196 7-in. 10/8/1894 Whistling coon Artists vary Male vocal solo vocalist  
Berliner 403 7-in. 11/18/1896 The mocking bird Artists vary Whistling solo vocalist, whistling  
Berliner 404 7-in. 10/31/1895 The laughing song Artists vary Male vocal solo vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]581 7-in. 12/31/1900 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]581 10-in. 9/11/1902 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]582 7-in. 12/31/1900 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]582 10-in. 9/11/1902 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]583 7-in. 12/31/1900 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]583 10-in. 9/11/1902 The laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]584 7-in. 12/31/1900 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]584 10-in. 9/11/1902 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]2197 7-in. 1901-1903 Carving the duck George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Victor A-12 7-in. 5/5/1903 Carving the duck George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-12 10-in. 5/5/1903 Carving the duck George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia 210 7-in. ca. 1901 Negro laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia 210 10-in. ca. 1901 Negro laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano; with orchestra (take 12) vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia 211 7-in. ca. 1901 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo and whistling, with piano vocalist  
Columbia 211 10-in. ca. 1901 The whistling coon Artists vary Male vocal solo and whistling, with piano vocalist  
Columbia 644 7-in. ca. 1902-1904 The laughing song Imperial Minstrels Minstrels, with male vocal solo and orchestra vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia 644 10-in. ca. 1902-1904 The laughing song Imperial Minstrels Minstrels, with male vocal solo and orchestra vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3374 10-in. ca. 1905-Apr. 1906 The merry mail man George W. Johnson ; Len Spencer Comic dialogue, with orchestra speaker  
OKeh S-7557 10-in. Sept. 1920 When you and I were young, Maggie Henry Burr ; Peerless Quartet Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Zonophone 625 9-in. Before Dec. 1903 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone 657 7-in. ca. Sept. 1903 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone 690 7-in. ca. Sept. 1903 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 53 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, George W.," accessed November 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107861.

Johnson, George W.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107861.

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