The Father of Gospel Blues
THE FATHER OF GOSPEL BLUES
Little 9 years of age Tommie and his household relocated to Atlanta, Georgia from the town of Villa Rica, Georgia in 1908. Tommy was benched a grade in school and teased by the other kids. He felt pushed away from his school and likewise the black Baptist church where his daddy was the pastor and mamma was the pianist.
He invested the nights and afternoons viewing the vaudeville efficiencies where he saw such popular blues artists as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. At age eleven he left of school and took a task at the theater selling soda water.
He was figured out to end up being popular like Ma Rainey so he discovered to play the piano and mentor himself to check out music.
At age seventeen Tom transferred to Chicago and ended up being rather effective as a blues piano gamer and vocalist in the backroom bars throughout the restriction age. He took the expert name of Georgia Tom.
Tom battled with his conscience over playing the “world’s music.” His mom was constantly advising him that he must dedicate himself to playing and making up for the Lord. His battle ended up being so extreme that he had and had an anxious breakdown to take 2 years off and return to Atlanta to recuperate.
Adequately rested and recuperated, Georgia Tom went back to Chicago and started to bet Ma Rainey and her jazz band. It was just a matter of time prior to he when again had and had a worried breakdown to stop singing in the bars of Chicago.
He quickly identified to dedicate his music completely to the Lord. He started singing and making up gospel music utilizing the blues design of music.
To his dissatisfaction, much of the primary stream churches declined to enable him to return since his music sounded excessive like the world’s music. He returned to the Chicago bars to make adequate cash to make it through.
He continued to play both in bars and churches. He returned to Chicago in time to hold his newborn boy however the kid passed away within a couple of hours.
It was at that minute that he took the vow to commit his music absolutely to the Lord seriously. It was likewise throughout his sorrow that he made up these words:
Valuable Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, assist me stand,
I am worn out, I am weak, I am used.
Thru the storm, thru the night,
Lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, valuable Lord, Lead me house.
Thomas Dorsey went on to make up almost 1000 tunes, all gospel with a blues design. He passed away in 1993 at the age of 96. He had actually made the title of “The Father of Gospel Blues.”
His mom was constantly advising him that he need to dedicate himself to playing and making up for the Lord. His battle ended up being so extreme that he had and had a worried breakdown to take 2 years off and move back to Atlanta to recuperate.
He returned to Chicago in time to hold his newborn kid however the kid passed away within a couple of hours.
Thomas Dorsey went on to make up almost 1000 tunes, all gospel with a blues design. He had actually made the title of “The Father of Gospel Blues.”