Thomas Dorsey
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Gospel music was popularized by Thomas "Georgia Tom" Dorsey (not Tommy Dorsey the bandleader), the black Chicago pianist and songwriter, and former Atlanta vaudeville and barrelhouse pianist, as well as leader of the Wildcats Jazz Band that accompanied "Ma" Rainey in Blame It On The Blues (1924) and Night Time Blues (1924). Dorsey, who had already composed several "gospel" songs such as If I Don't Get There (1921) and If You See My Savior (1926), formed the first female gospel quartet and assembled the first large-scale gospel chorus (1931), struck gold when he composed Precious Lord (1932) and organized the first "National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses" (1932). After his song became a hit (in 1937), Dorsey spent his life traveling from church to church, peddling his repertory of gospel songs, that also include Take My Hand Precious Lord, There'll Be Peace In The Valley (1937), Tooling, I'm Going To Live The Life I Sing About, Search Me Lord, Bedside Of A Neighbor, When I've Done My Best, Today, Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go, as well as blues songs, such as It's Tight Like That (1928) and If You Want Me To Love You (1932). Mahalia Jackson was one of the singers who started their career performing Dorsey's songs. (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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