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us: Jones, Bessie, 1902-1984

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    • us: Jones, Bess, 1902-1984
    • us: Jones, Mary Elizabeth, 1902-1984
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        (naf) Smithville (Ga.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Brunswick (Ga.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Lydia Parrish's Spiritual Singers Society of Coastal Georgia
        • Organization: Yale University
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        (lcsh) Singers
          (lcsh) Folk musicians
            (lcsh) Storytellers
              (lcsh) Authors
          • Sources

            • found: Step it down, 1972.
            • found: For the ancestors, c1983: CIP t.p. (Bessie Jones) accompanying info. (b. 2/8/1902; singer of spirituals) published book, p. 3 (Bess; Bessie; Mary Elizabeth)
            • found: Step it down, 1987: CIP t.p. (Bessie Jones) galley (Bessie Smith Jones; d. 9/4/84)
            • found: Grove music online, July 2, 2010 (Jones, Bessie; b. Feb. 8, 1902, Smithville, Ga.; d. Oct. 1984, USA; greatest exponent of the music of the black communities of the Georgia Sea Islands)
            • found: Wikipedia, July 2, 2010 (Bessie Jones (1902-1984); gospel singer from the Georgia Sea Islands; founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers; told an interviewer in Alachua, Fla. in the early 1980s, that she was born in Lacrosse, Fla. (Alachua County))
            • found: African American National Biography, accessed via The Oxford African American Studies Center online database, July 27, 2014: (Jones, Bessie; May Elizabeth; storyteller, folk musician / singer, choral director; born 08 February 1902 in Smithville, Georgia, United States; left school at the age of nine to work as a domestic; joined Lydia Parrish's Spiritual Singers Society of Coastal Georgia (1933); made her first recordings for Lomax (1954); next thirty years would appear at folk festivals, concert halls, and universities throughout the United States; honored by Yale University and given the Ellington Medal (1972); returned to Yale to teach a course in African American folk traditions (1976); died 04 September 1984 in Brunswick, Georgia, United States)
          • Editorial Notes

            • [Not the same as: Jones, Bessie (no 89005347)Welsh operatic singer.]
          • Change Notes

            • 1982-06-08: new
            • 2015-04-16: revised
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