Jester Hairston

Jester Hairston

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Jester Joseph Hairston (July 9, 1901 - January 18, 2000) was an American composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor. His notable compositions include "Amen," a gospel-tinged theme from the film "Lilies of the Field" and a 1963 hit for The Impressions, and the Christmas song "Mary's Boy Child." Hairston was born in Belews Creek, a rural community on the border of Stokes, Forsyth, Rockingham and Guilford counties in North Carolina. His grandparents had been slaves. At an early age he and his family moved to Homestead, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, where he graduated from high school in 1919. Hairston, who gave up studies at Massachusetts Agriculture College in the 1920s, went on to graduate cum laude from Tufts University in 1928 and studied music at the Juilliard School.show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 127g
  • Flu Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134967076
  • 9786134967075