Thomas A. Dorsey
1 July 1899–23 January 1993
For a list of individual songs in order by copyright date, see Boyer (1992), pp. 144-145.
The Gospel Singers News (periodical, 1935-?)
Treasure Chest of Favorite Hymns (NY: Treasure Chest, 1940s)
Dorsey’s Gospel Song Loose Leaf Folio No. 1 (1941): WorldCat
Piano Duet Book of Gospel Hymns (1944): WorldCat
Thomas A. Dorsey’s Poem Book for All Occasions (1945): WorldCat
Dorsey’s Songs with a Message, No. 1 (1951): WorldCat
Dorsey’s Songs of the Kingdom (1951): WorldCat
The Precious Lord Story and Gospel Songs (1970s): WorldCat
Gospel Pearls (1921)
Baptist Standard Hymnal (1924)
Georgia Tom (Thomas A. Dorsey), Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, 2 vols. (Document Records, DOCD 6021-6022, 1928-1934): Amazon
Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order (Document Records, DOCD 6023, 1930-1934): Amazon
Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey (Columbia Records, 1973).
Tampa Red, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, 15 vols. (Document Records).
Manuscripts & Collections:
Thomas A. Dorsey Collection, Fisk University:
Sheet Music by Thomas A. Dorsey, Chicago History Museum:
Clayton Hannah Collection, Hogan Jazz Archives, Tulane University (New Orleans):
African American Sheet Music Collection, Emory University:
“King of the Gospel Writers,” Ebony, vol. 18, no. 1 (November 1962), pp. 122-29.
Horace Clarence Boyer, “An analysis of his contributions: Thomas A. Dorsey, Father of Gospel Music,” Black World, vol. 23, no. 9 (July 1974), pp. 20-28.
Say Amen, Somebody, directed by George T. Nierenberg (GTN Productions, 1983). [Published as VHS, DVD, LP, and CD].
Michael W. Harris, The Rise of Gospel Blues: the Music of Thomas Andrew Dorsey in the Urban Church (Oxford: University Press, 1992): WorldCat
Horace Clarence Boyer, “Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me on,” We’ll Understand it Better By and By (Washington, DC: Smithsonian, 1992), pp. 141-163.
Michael W. Harris, “Conflict and resolution in the life of Thomas Andrew Dorsey,” We’ll Understand it Better By and By (Washington, DC: Smithsonian, 1992), pp. 165-182.
“Thomas A. Dorsey is dead at 93; known as the Father of Gospel Music,” New York Times (24 January 1993): NY Times
Robert M.W. Dixon & John Godrich, Blues and Gospel Records, 1902-1943 (Oxford: University Press, 1997): WorldCat
Timothy M. Kalil, “Thomas A. Dorsey and the development and diffusion of traditional black gospel piano,” Perspectives on American Music, 1900–1950, ed. Michael Saffle (NY: Garland, 2000), pp. 171-191: WorldCat
Joe C. Clark, “Thomas Andrew Dorsey,” Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (NY: Routledge, 2005), pp. 105-108.
George Perry Lee III, Thomas A. Dorsey’s Influence on African-American Worship, dissertation (Louisville: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2008): SBTS
Bert Polman, J.R. Watson & Carlton Young, “Thomas A. Dorsey,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:
Kip Lornell, “Thomas Andrew Dorsey,” American National Biography:
Paul Oliver, “Thomas Andrew Dorsey,” Grove Music Online:
National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses:
Thomas Andrew Dorsey, Hymnary.org: