Collection Number: 20164

Collection Title: David A. Gordon Recording of Music from Lowndes County, Miss., 1963

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Archival processing of the David A. Gordon Recording of Music from Lowndes County, Miss. was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 2 items
Abstract Audio recording of blues and gospel music recorded by David A. Gordon in April 1963 in Lowndes County, Miss. The recording features an unidentified Black man performing blues, followed by an unaccompanied Black gospel quartet and additional unidentified gospel groups, made up of both men and women, singing spirituals and gospel songs. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation consists of tape logs, which include scattered information on the collector and performers, as well as a brief description of contents. Little is known about David A. Gordon or the performers featured on the recording. Supporting documentation found in the collection lists the unidentified Black blues musician as "Jabo" and also mentions that David A. Gordon was affiliated with the Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, Miss., but no other information is available.
Creator Gordon, David A.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Access to audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the David A. Gordon Recording of Music from Lowndes County, Miss. #20164, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20201030.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Little is known about David A. Gordon. According to supporting documentation found in the collection, Gordon was affiliated with the Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, Miss.

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1/4" open reel audio recording of blues and gospel music recorded by David A. Gordon in April 1963 in Lowndes County, Miss. The recording features an unidentified Black man performing blues, followed by an unaccompanied Black gospel quartet and additional unidentified gospel groups, made up of both men and women, singing spirituals and gospel songs. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation consists of tape logs, which include scattered information on the collector and performers, as well as a brief description of contents. Little is known about David A. Gordon or the performers featured on the recording. Supporting documentation found in the collection lists the unidentified Black blues musician as "Jabo" and also mentions that David A. Gordon was affiliated with the Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, Miss., but no other information is available.

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2 items.

Processing information: Titles and description compiled from SFC database and supporting documentation.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20164/1222

African American blues singing with acoustic guitar, gospel quartet singing, recorded in Lowndes County, Miss., 1963 #20164, Series: "David A. Gordon Recording of Music from Lowndes County, Miss., 1963." FT-20164/1222

1/4" Open Reel Audio

[unidentified blues song], Jabo - vocals, guitar

[unidentified blues song], Jabo - vocals, guitar

"My Baby, I Know She Loves Me", Jabo - vocals, guitar

"Angels Watching Over Me", unidentified male gospel quartet

"When the Saints Go Marching In", unidentified male gospel quartet

"Down in the Grave With Me", unidentified male gospel quartet

"Will I Ever Get Home", unidentified female gospel group

"Send It On Down", unidentified female gospel group

"Shine On Me", both gospel groups together

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", unidentified female gospel group

"Roll Children Roll", unidentified male gospel group

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, October 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 2020

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

Archival processing of the David A. Gordon Recording of Music from Lowndes County, Miss. was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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