John Wesley Work (III)

WORK, John Wesley (III). b. Tullahoma, Tennessee, 15 June 1901; d. Nashville, Tennessee, 17 May 1967.  John Work III was born into a family of musicians, including John Wesley Work (I)*, John Wesley Work (II)*, and Frederick Jerome Work*.  The family were among the leaders in the collecting, arranging, developing, and preserving of African-American spirituals and folksongs.  John Work (III) is known especially for American Negro Songs and Spirituals: a Comprehensive Collection of 230 Folk Songs, Religious and Secular.  Remarkably, this book was published in New York by three companies:  Bonanza Books; Crown Publishers; and Howell, Soskin & Co.  In all three cases the date of publication...

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