Welcome to Day 7 of my Musical countdown to Christmas. Today we’re going to take a look at Go Tell it on the Mountain, shared with the world by John W. Work, Jr.
Who was John W. Work, Jr.?
- Born on June 15, 1901 in Tullahoma, Tennessee
- Son of a church choir director
- Grew up in Nashville
- Earned his Master’s degree in Latin
- Taught Latin and Greek
- A professor at Fisk University
- A professional musician who published more than 50 compositions
- Decided to collect songs sung by American slaves
The Story Behind Go Tell it on the Mountain
- The song was sung by American slaves as far back as 1865
- In 1960 John W. Work III published Folk Songs of the American Negro, which included the song called, Go Tell it on the Mountain (author unknown)
- Peter, Paul & Mary changed the lyrics and renamed the song, Tell it on the Mountain
- Paul Schlossal rewrote the lyrics for children and named the song, Go Tell it on the Swingset
- The song has been recorded by over 20 popular artists through the years
- 1955 – Winston Churchill was defeated
- 1955 – First transistor radio was produced by Sony
- 1956 – Elvis Presley released his first song
- 1957 – Soviet Union launched the Sputnik
- 1958 – NASA was founded
- 1959 – Xerox produced the first commercial photocopier
- 1960 – Students protested segregation in Greensboro, North Carolina
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My Gift for today:
A paperback copy of the Kathi Macias’ 12 Days of Christmas, which contains 12 stories by 12 different authors. My story, Cecile’s Christmas Miracle, is number seven in this series.