Collection Number: 20069

Collection Title: Ray Funk Collection of Zion Trio Gospel Recordings, circa 1950s

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Archival processing of the Ray Funk Collection of Zion Trio Gospel Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Abstract An instantaneous disc recording of the Zion Trio, an all women gospel trio of Rockingham, N.C., singing "Gonna Make My Heaven My Home" and "I'm Just A Stranger Here." Ray Funk, a white music collector and scholar of African American gospel music and the music of Trinidad and Tobago, donated the recording to the Southern Folklife Collection. Little is known about the Zion Trio at this time.
Creator Funk, Ray.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Ray Funk Collection of Zion Trio Gospel Recordings #20069, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20200512.1).
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Ray Funk, a white trial judge of Fairbanks, Ala., is a music collector, scholar, and archival footage consultant whose research focuses on African American vocal harmony and gospel singing and more recently, Calypso music and Carnival culture of Trinidad and Tobago. He has presented and published on these topics, including presenting on African American gospel music quartets at the Sounds of the South Conference, held 6-8 April 1989 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Funk also researched film and television footage of traditional American music, and is credited as a footage consultant on the public television series, American Roots Music (2001). More recently, Funk's primary focus has been on Calypso music and the Carnival culture in Trinidad and Tobago. He co-curated the traveling and online exhibit, "Calypso: A World Music", with the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and in 2014, Funk, along with white music scholar, Michael Eldridge, researched and released the CD box set Calypso Craze, 1956-57 and Beyond on Bear Family Records.

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An instantaneous disc recording of the Zion Trio, an all women gospel trio of Rockingham, N.C., singing "Gonna Make My Heaven My Home" and "I'm Just A Stranger Here." Ray Funk, a white music collector and scholar of African American gospel music and the music of Trinidad and Tobago, donated the recording to the Southern Folklife Collection. Little is known about the Zion Trio at this time.

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Processing information: Titles compiled from SFC database.

Instantaneous Disc FD-20069/1295

Zion Trio, "Gonna Make My Heaven My Home", "I'm Just A Stranger Here" #20069, Series: "Ray Funk Collection of Zion Trio Gospel Recordings, circa 1950s." FD-20069/1295

10" Instantaneous Disc

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Processed by: Anne Wells, May 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, May 2020

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Archival processing of the Ray Funk Collection of Zion Trio Gospel Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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