African American Song (Alexander Street Press)
Coverage 1860 – 1970
The collection contains recordings by the top names in the history of black American music. Premier artists such as Ma Rainey, Lead Belly, Mahalia Jackson, Alberta Hunter, Tampa Red, and William “Bunk” Johnson are showcased within the database, and at least 5,000 of the tracks are rare or never-before-published. The other 45,000 tracks are in-copyright and licensed from various labels. The entire available catalog of Document Records—the world’s largest collection of rare and vintage blues, jazz, gospel, spiritual, boogie-woogie, and country recordings—is included. From the earliest recordings of Afro-American music made in the late 19th century (including the Fisk Jubilee Singers, recorded at the turn of the century for Victor Records) to performances of the mid-1970s, in most instances the full recorded works of each artist are presented. There are more than 2,300 performers spanning more than a hundred years—Duke Ellington, Sophie Tucker, Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Sarah Vaughn, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Big Joe Williams, Memphis Jug Band, Roosevelt Sykes, Dizzy Gillespie, Chicago River Kings, Muddy Waters, Skip James, Blind Willie McTell, Lonnie Johnson, Alberta Jones, Johnny Shines, and Memphis Minnie, to name a few. You will need Macromedia Flash player to listen to music clips.
This database was purchased with student technology fees.
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