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Acknowledgments and Bibliography:

Firstly I am indebted to those who have helped with providing information, references, recommended sources and in the correction of errors. Where original sources are known, these are cited 'in situ'. The information provided within this website has been compiled from personal knowledge/research, blues and gospel books, websites, CD/vinyl album notes, and numerous in-depth discussions with friends, most notably blues and gospel historian Max Haymes. The images used are believed to be in the public domain. I have not been able to establish any copyright claims on those that I have used. If this is not the case in respect of any image, if the copyright owner contacts me, I will remove it from the site.

The Bibliography lists recommended gospel music books with full publication details provided for further reference. Most of these books were used as sources for the website. Following the Bibliography is a list of 'Internet Resources', i.e. website names and addresses (URLs), again used as sources for the website. On a separate 'Bibliography/Discography Combos' page is a list of recommended Book / CD combinations.

The Bibliography starts with 'General Gospel Music Books', followed by 'Gospel Music Catalogues', then books on individual Gospel Singers (in alphabetical order), interjected with gospel books on particular themes.  I hope you find the content useful. If you have any recommendations of your own, or comments on the list, please let me know.

Some of the books listed are now out of print and hence unavailable to buy new. You may be lucky and come across an old copy. If you have any gospel music books you don't want, please let me know.

Whilst I have taken every care to ensure details are correct, you may spot a mistake.  If you do, please let me know and I will correct it as soon as I can.          Thanks,     Alan White.     
Email: alan.white@earlygospel.com


General Gospel Music Books
Title: Songsters and Saints : Vocal Traditions on Race Records
Author: Paul Oliver
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date Published: 1984
ISBN: 0-521-26942-3


Title: The Spiritual and the Blues
Author: James H. Cone
Publisher: Orbis Books
Date Published: 1992
ISBN: 0-88344-747-9


Title: The  New Grove: Gospel, Blues and Jazz
Author: Paul Oliver, Max Harrison and William Bolcom
Publisher: Macmillan
Date Published: 1986
ISBN: 0-333-40785-7


Title: Saints and Sinners
Religion, Blues and (D)evil in African-American Music and Literature
Author: Edited by Robert Sacré
Publisher: Université de Liège
Date Published: 1996
Notes: Proceedings of the Conference held by Société Liégeoise de Musicologie at the Université de Liège in October 1991


Title: The Music of Black Americans - A History
Author: Eileen Southern,
Professor Emerita of Music and Afro-American Studies, Harvard University
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Date Published: 1997 (Third Edition)
ISBN: 0-393-03843-2
Notes: A history of the several genres and many styles of music which, taken together, define African-American music in the United States.


Title: Readings In Black American Music
Author: Compiled and Edited by Eileen Southern,
Professor Emerita of Music and Afro-American Studies, Harvard University
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Date Published: 1983 (Second Edition)
ISBN: 0-393-95280-0
Notes: A collection of readings of the history of black American music from the seventeenth century to the present time, originally intended to serve as a companion work to the author's "The Music of Black Americans" - see above.


Title: Lost Delta Found
Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942
Author: Manuscripts by John W. Work, Lewis Wade Jones and Samuel C. Adams, Jr. Edited by Robert Gordon and Bruce Nemerov
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville
Date Published: 2005
ISBN: 0-8265-1485-5


Title: Take Me To The Water
Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950
Authors: Photographs from the collection of Jim Linderman, Essays by Jim Linderman and Luc Santi, Notes on Songs and Sermons by Steven Lance Ledbetter.
Songs and Sermons from 1924-1940 from the collections of Joe Bussard, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Frank Mare and Roger Misiewicz.
Publisher: Dust-To-Digital, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Published: 2009
Notes: Accompanying 25 track CD of songs and sermons.


Title: People Get Ready!
A New History of Black Gospel Music
Author: Robert Darden
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group, New York
Date Published: 2004
ISBN: 0-8264-1436-2


Title: The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual
The Musicians, the Records and the Music of the 78 era
Author: Edited by Paul Swinton
Publisher: Frog Records Ltd
Date Published: Annually: No. 1 published in 2010, No. 2 published in 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9564717-1-0
Notes: Series of research articles alongside some affectionate glimpses at the Musicians, the Records and the Music of the 78 era, including articles on gospel musicians and music.


Title: Afro-Muse
The Evolution of Afro-American Music
Author: Ian C. Dawkins Moore
Publisher: Smashwords.com
Date Published: 2009


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Gospel Music Catalogues
Title: Blues & Gospel Records (1890-1943)
Author: Dixon, Godrich  and Rye
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Date Published: 1997 (Fourth Edition)
ISBN: 0-19-816239-1


Title: Uncloudy Days - The Gospel Music Encyclopedia
Author: Bill Carpenter
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Date Published: 2005
ISBN: 978-0-87930-841-4


Title: Afro-American Religious Music
A Biliography and A Catalogue of Gospel Music
Author: Compiled by Irene V. Jackson
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Date Published: 1979
ISBN: 0-313-20560-4


Title: Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music
Author: Edited by W. K. McNeil
Publisher: Routledge
Date Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-415-87569-1


Gospel Singers (in alphabetical order)


Reverend Gary Davis
Title: Oh, What A Beautiful City
A Tribute to The Reverend Gary Davis (1896-1972)
Author: Compiled by Robert Tilling
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-078668258-4


Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Title: The Rise of Gospel Blues
Author: Michael W. Harris
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Published: 1992
ISBN: 0-19-506376-7


Title: Development of African American Gospel Piano Style (1926-1960):
A Socio-Musical Analysis of Arizona Dranes and Thomas A. Dorsey
Author: Idella Lulamae Johnson
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Date Published: 2009


Arizona Juanita Dranes
Title: Development of African American Gospel Piano Style (1926-1960):
A Socio-Musical Analysis of Arizona Dranes and Thomas A. Dorsey
Author: Idella Lulamae Johnson
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Date Published: 2009


Title: He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes
Author: Michael Corcoran
Publisher: Tompkins Square     www.tompkinssquare.com
Date Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-615-61615-5

The book includes a CD containing all 16 of Arizona Dranes' recorded tracks, expertly remastered from the original OKeh label 78 RPM records by Grammy-winning producer Christopher King.

Click here for more information

Available from:  www.tompkinssquare.com


Brother Claude Ely
Title: Ain’t No Grave: the Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely
Author: Macel Ely II
Publisher: Dust-to-Digital
Date Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-0981734224

360 page hardback biography with CD includes 290 sepia photographs
CD features rare and electrifying audio recordings of Pentecostal worship services in the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia accompanied by a fiery sermon preached by Brother Claude Ely.


Mahalia Jackson
Title: Got To Tell It: Mahalia Jackson Queen of Gospel
Author: Jules Schwerin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Published: 1992
ISBN: 0-19-507144-1


Blind Willie Johnson
Title: Blind Willie Johnson: His Life and Music
Author: Jas Obrecht
Publisher: www.jasobrecht.com
Date Published: 2011
ISBN: Web based article
Notes: Available to read on-line here:


Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Title: Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Author: Gayle F. Ward
Publisher: Beacon Press
Date Published: 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0985-7


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Internet Resources (in alphabetical name order)
Name Website Address
All Music Guide www.allmusic.com
America.gov Archive www.america.gov
American Social History Project http://ashp.cuny.edu/
Association for Cultural Equality www.culturalequity.org
Christian Biography Resources www.wholesomewords.org
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church www.c-m-e.org
Christianity.com www.christianity.com
Cross Rhythms www.crossrhythms.co.uk
Document Records www.document-records.com
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) www.naacp.org
National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses www.ncgccinc.com
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. www.nationalbaptist.com
OKeh Records Album Discography http://bsnpubs.com/columbia/okeh/okeh.html
Radio Screamer http://radioscreamer.com
Starr-Gennett Foundation, Inc. www.starrgennett.org/stories/history/6.htm
Trinity Record Company, Inc. www.trinityrecordcompany.com
UK Bible Students www.ukbiblestudents.co.uk
Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org
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