Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • My Lord Is Writin'

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Cochran Field Singers, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Cochran Field Singers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Death Come a-Knockin

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Four Brothers, unaccompanied vocals. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Four Brothers (Musical Group)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Do Right By Me

    Field Recordings. Blues (Music). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Buster Ezell, vocals, guitar. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • If I Had My Way

    Field Recordings. Gospel Music. Spirituals (Songs). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | The Choir of Oak Grove Missionary Church (Baptist) is from Peach County, Georgia. Venue: Fort Valley State College. Deacon Sam Jackson and Choir of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis - Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Peach County, Ga.). Choir
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • I Got a Long White Robe over in Zion

    Field Recordings. Gospel Music. Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Deacon Sam Jackson and the choir of Oak Grove Missionary Church, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis - Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Peach County, Ga.). Choir
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • I Have a Home Way Down in Egypt

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Spirituals (Songs). Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | New York, Georgia, Singers, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: James, Willis - New York, Georgia, Singers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • War Song

    Field Recordings. Blues (Music). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Buster Brown of Cordell, Georgia, is featured in a photograph on page 7 of the Fort Valley State College publication, The Peachite, which refers to him as "a wizard of a 'mouth-organ playah,' who performes the incredible feat of playing and singing at the same time." ...

    • Contributor: Brown, Buster - Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • De Lawd Says

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | House Davidson Singers, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: James, Willis - House Davidson Singers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • We Are Americans, Praise the Lord

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Bertha Houston and congregation, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Houston, Bertha - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Let's Go Fight!

    Field Recordings. Music. Blues (Music). Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Buster Ezell, vocals, guitar. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Sit Down

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Spirituals (Songs). Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Deacon Sam Jackson and the Oak Grove Missionary Church, unaccompanied vocals. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis - Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Peach County, Ga.). Choir
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Lead Me to That Rock

    Field Recordings. Gospel Music. Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Middle Georgia Four with lead performed by J. W. Walker, second tenor Venue: Fort Valley State College. In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis - Middle Georgia Four (Musical Group) - Smith, C. E. - Walker, J. W. - Bell, Charlie O. - Purnell, H. P.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • A Prayer

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Prayers. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Tear Tokyo Down

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music.. Spirituals (Songs). Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | This is a topical version of "Samson" / "If I Had My Way" praising General Douglas MacArthur. Deacon Sam Jackson, vocals. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • I'm Gonna Make You Happy

    Field Recordings. Blues (Music). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Venue: Fort Valley State College. Buster Brown, vocals, harmonica (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Brown, Buster - Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Twenty-Fifth of December

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Spirituals (Songs). Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Venue: Fort Valley State College. Middle Georgia Four; lead vocal performed by J. W. Walker, second tenor (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis - Middle Georgia Four (Musical Group) - Walker, J. W. - Purnell, H. P. - Bell, Charlie O. - Smith, C. E.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Don't Sit Down

    War time patriotic speech addressed to listeners at the Fort Valley Music Festival and to President Roosevelt, possibly spoken as an introduction to the song, "Sit down, don't sit down." Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Speeches. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Deacon Sam Jackson, speaker. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Southern Rag [test]

    Field Recordings. Ragtime Music. Blues (Music). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Venue: Fort Valley State College. Buster Ezell, vocals, guitar (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Joe Louis

    Field Recordings. Blues (Music). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Venue: Fort Valley State College Buster Ezell, vocals, guitar. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Ain't But Me One

    Field Recordings. Gospel Music. Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Venue: Fort Valley State College. Deacon Albert Johnson and Mixed Quartet of First Baptist Church, Byron, Ga., led by Mrs. Beatie Gay, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound ...

    • Contributor: Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis - First Baptist Church (Byron, Ga.). Mixed Quartet - Gay, Beatie, Mrs
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • What a Time

    Field Recordings. Gospel Music. Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Not possible to positively identify this group as the Golden Gate Quartet Golden Jubilee Quartet, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Golden Jubilee Quartet
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • When Was Jesus Born?

    Field Recordings. Gospel Music. Spirituals (Songs). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Middle Georgia Singers, unaccompanied vocals (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Middle Georgia Singers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • My Footsteps Keep Following Me

    Field Recordings. Gospel Music. Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | Venue: Fort Valley State College. Mixed Quartet of First Baptist Church, Byron, Ga., led by Deacon Albert Johnson, unaccompanied vocals. (Performers). In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc ...

    • Contributor: Johnson, Albert, Deacon - Jones, Lewis Wade - James, Willis - Gay, Beatie, Mrs - Mixed Quartet of First Baptist Church (Byron, Ga.)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • We Are Americans, Praise the Lord

    Field Recordings. Music. Gospel Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | In English. (Language). Also included in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 (Exhibitions). Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Houston, Bertha - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943
  • Southern Rag

    Field Recordings. Ragtime Music. Blues (Music). Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in. | The Fort Valley State College publication, The Peachite, notes "Sanders and Duffy, two very consistent minstrels in the Festival, are peach orchard workers. The audience loves them because of their talent and their intensely interesting personalities; they achieve a personal, natural, human balance which ...

    • Contributor: Sneed, James - Duffy, J. F. - James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade - Sanders, Alvin
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943