Latest update on 20/04/2004

Artist: Marian Anderson
Author: traditional
Label: HMV
Year: 1939

Black contralto (1897-1993), the first Afro-American to perform in the Metropolitan Opera in New York; role model for the civil rights movement, refusing to sing in segregated places since 1939. Her signature hymn on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC for an audience of 75.000, following a banned appearance in Constitution Hall, owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who refused any non-white performance in there. Oldest recording (1941) with German pianist Franz Rupp.



Little Richard [for Coral as I'm Trampin']


Patti Smith [title track cd with daughter Jesse Lee on piano]


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