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Collection Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938 to 1943

Notes

Much of this material is held by the Music Department of Fort Valley College, Georgia, and I am indebted to Bill Mathis for permission to use it. Some was published in a three-part article in Blues Unlimited 111 (December, 1974-January 1975): 11-13, 112 (March-April, 1975): 13-15, 114 (July-August, 1975): 20-21.

  1. Roi Ottley, "New World A-Coming": Inside Black America (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1943), p. 238. ( Return to Text )
  2. Lawrence Gellert, brochure notes to Negro Songs of Protest, Rounder 4004 (Somerville, Mass.). ( Return to Text )
  3. Edgar Rogie Clark to J.W. Freeman, February 2, 1949. ( Return to Text )
  4. Wendell P. Whalum, Morehouse College, Atlanta, to the author, February 5, 1979, and Estas Smith, Jackson State University, Miss., to the author September 12, 1978; Eileen Southern, Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians (Westport, Conn.: Greenwod Press, 1982), p. 71. ( Return to Text )
  5. In Monticello, Georgia, by John Burrison of Georgia State University, April 8, 1967. ( Return to Text )
  6. David Evans, brochure notes to Atlanta Blues 1933, JEMF 106 (Los Angeles, Calif., 1979). ( Return to Text )
  7. Fort Valley Blues, Flyright-Matchbox SDM 250 (Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1974). The Smith Band's "Smithy Rag" is on Red River Runs, Flyright 259 (Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1979). ( Return to Text )
  8. Pete Lowry, "Doin' the Piedmont," Blues Unlimited 100 (April, 1973): 23. ( Return to Text )
  9. Library of Congress copies are dated June 1943. A different Fort Valley copy is dated June-July 1943. Willis James was the director of the Fort Valley Peach Folk Festival held at the college on August 1, 1943, but only gospel groups attended and were recorded that summer. ( Return to Text )
  10. Edgar Rogie Clark to J. W. Freeman, February 2, 1949. ( Return to Text )
  11. Life, March 22, 1943. ( Return to Text )
  12. Fort Valley Leader-Tribune, March 1, 1945. A Wesley Jackson became a frequent rhythm-and-blues session guitarist in Atlanta in the 1950s. ( Return to Text )
  13. Bill Mathis interviewed by Pete Lowry and Bruce Bastin in Fort Valley, Georgia, August, 1974. ( Return to Text )
  14. Maulvin Engram to J. Walker Freeman, March 27, 1951. ( Return to Text )
  15. Mrs. Mavis Walker Donnelly to Dr. C. V. Troup, February 26, 1951. ( Return to Text )
  16. Reverend Patrick Jones interviewed by David Evans and Anne Evans in Statesboro, Georgia, April 23, 1975. ( Return to Text )
  17. Another Man Done Gone, Flyright 528 (Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 1979). ( Return to Text )
  18. David Evans to the author, September 15, 1977. ( Return to Text )
  19. Fort Valley Leader-Tribune, March 3, 1955. ( Return to Text )
  20. Pearly Brown to the Department of Music, Fort Valley State College, February 24, 1955. ( Return to Text )
  21. Frank Edwards, Done Some Travelin', Trix 3303 (New Paltz, N.Y., 1973). ( Return to Text )
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