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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

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  
Zonophone 1711 9-in. ca. Feb. 1904 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone 4167 10-in. Before Feb. 1905 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone 4168 10-in. Before Feb. 1905 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 900] 9-in. Before May 1902 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 901] 9-in. Before May 1902 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 902] 9-in. Before May 1902 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 903] 9-in. Before May 1902 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1896] 7-in. Before May 1902 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1897] 7-in. Before May 1902 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1898] 7-in. Before May 1902 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 1899] 7-in. Before May 1902 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 2030] 7-in. Before May 1902 Carving the duck George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 5081] 7-in. Late 1902-early 1903 Laughing song George W. Johnson Minstrels, with male vocal solo and piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat 5081] 9-in. Late 1902-early 1903 Minstrels - Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5290] 7-in. Before June 1903 Carving the duck George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Ox cat 5290] 7-in. ca. 1904-1905 Carving the duck George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5290] 9-in. Before June 1903 Carving the duck George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5432] 7-in. Before June 1903 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Ox cat 5432] 7-in. ca. 1904-1905 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5432] 9-in. Before June 1903 The whistling coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Ox cat 5631] 7-in. ca. 1904-1905 Laughing song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Ox cat 5697] 7-in. ca. 1904-1905 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5697] 9-in. Before Dec. 1903 The laughing coon George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat P 5852] 7-in. Before Apr. 1904 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Ox cat 5852] 7-in. ca. 1904-1905 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Zonophone [Zo cat C 5852] 9-in. Before Apr. 1904 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Leeds & Catlin 6714 10-in. late 1905-early 1906 Whistling song George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 44702] 10-in. late 1905-early 1906 The whistling girl George W. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, George W.," accessed January 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107861.

Johnson, George W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107861.

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