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John Wesley Work (II)

WORK, John Wesley (II). b. Nashville, Tennessee, 6 August 1872?; d. Nashville, Tennessee, 7 September 1925.  Work was assisted by his brother, Frederick Jerome Work*, in leading the Fisk Jubilee Singers*, 1898-1904.  Arrangements developed for the Singers were edited and published in Frederick’s New Jubilee Songs, as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (Nashville: Fisk University, 1902).  Although Work (II) is sometimes listed as a co-editor of New Jubilee Songs, his name does not appear in that publication. Both of the brothers’ names appear in Folk Songs of the American Negro (Nashville:  Work Bros. & Hart Co., 1907), Work (II)’s name as the writer of the Introduction, and Frederick’s...

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