James M. Black

James Milton Black (19 August 1856 – 21 December 1938) was an American composer of hymns, choir leader and Sunday school teacher.

Black was born in South Hill, New York, but worked, lived and died in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It is there that he worked at his Methodist Episcopal Church.

His first hymnal collections were:

  • Songs of the Soul (1894)
  • Songs of the Soul, Number Two (1896)

Some of his hymns include:

  • Come, Oh, Come to Me
  • The Day of All Days
  • We Shall Reign with Him in Glory
  • When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

Some of hymn music with lyrics by others include:

  • A Home in My Heart for Jesus
  • I Remember Calvary
  • When the Saints are Marching In (1896)

The lyrics to When the Saints are Marching In are by Katharine Purvis. This song is not to be confused with "When The Saints Go Marching In," which was published afterwards in 1927 with similar words and music, certainly derivative.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Notes: Full name is James Milton Black.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-3248 10-in. 4/4/1906 When the roll is called up yonder I'll be there Haydn Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal quartet and soloist, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-18357 10-in. 9/12/1916 Come, oh come to me Imperial Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Victor B-23718 10-in. 2/5/1920 When the roll is called up yonder Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 3752 10-in. ca. 1907-Feb. 1908 When the roll is called up yonder Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist, composer  
Columbia 38595 10-in. 1/27/1913 When the roll is called up yonder Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77586 10-in. 12/18/1917 When the roll is called up yonder Chautauqua Preachers’ Quartette Male vocal quartet lyricist, composer  
Columbia 78254 10-in. 1/16/1919 When the roll is called up yonder Earl F. Wilde Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-70213 10-in. Oct. 1921 When the roll is called up yonder Albert Chiaffarelli ; Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw Male vocal duet, with organ composer, lyricist  
OKeh W81145 10-in. 7/7/1927 When the roll is called up yonder Greene County Singers ; Bela Lam Mixed vocal quartet, with banjo and guitar lyricist, composer  
Brunswick 14554-14556 10-in. 12/29/1924 When the roll is called up yonder Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with brass quartet and organ lyricist, composer  
Brunswick E20190-E20191 10-in. 9/17/1926 When the roll is called up yonder Criterion Quartet Male vocal quartet, with brass quartet, organ, and chimes lyricist, composer  
Edison 3728 10-in. 4/26/1915 When the roll is called up yonder Frederick J. Wheeler ; John Young Vocal duet (tenor and baritone) and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Vocalion E4983-E4984 10-in. 5/10/1927 When the roll is called up yonder Dixie Sacred Singers Male vocal trio, with instrumental trio lyricist, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Black, James M.," accessed April 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110636.

Black, James M.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110636.

"Black, James M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110636

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