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Langston Hughes

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The recording career of the great American writer includes not merely his own spoken word collections for Smithsonian-Folkways but many instances where his texts are used by additional artists, sometimes in direct collaboration with Hughes with other times following the fact. While greatly associated with dark jazz and blues, the writings of Hughes haven’t shown up specifically in these styles. Rather, when there is a similarity in the sort of performers ready to draw a Hughes tome from the shelf, it might be those expressing discontent using the racial and politics position quo. The beatnik picture from the ’50s and ’60s was an average topical period for Hughes, just as before the looks of his writings within recording projects is certainly hardly limited by these years. Through the ’70s, the Gary Bartz NTU Troop — today’s jazz combo that barely hesitated to defend myself against politics topics — documented a lovely live edition of “The Negro Speaks of Streams,” Hughes’ initial published poem, delivering the edition with music beneath the name of “I’ve Known Streams.” Portly vocalist Big Miller monitored 11 blues created designed for him by Hughes on the late-’50s album, Do You Ever Listen to the Blues? The German Caspar Brötzmann utilized text messages by Hughes on the 1993 documenting, sonically an excellent comparison to better-known adaptations by performers such as for example Joan Baez and Harry Belafonte. Hughes started writing poetry within the 8th grade and, regardless of the approval of his initiatives from classmates and instructors, was pushed in direction of an anatomist level by his parents. Hughes do well in the last mentioned research at Columbia College or university, nonetheless falling out to check out the composing muse. He’d ultimately publish 16 books of poems, two books, three selections of short tales, four quantities of essays, 20 takes on, a assortment of children’s poetry, many musicals and operas, three autobiographies, plus many radio and tv scripts and publication articles. His home at 20 East 127th Road in Harlem was presented with landmark position by the brand new York Town Preservation Commission pursuing his loss of life from cancer within the ’60s. The stop itself is currently known as Langston Hughes Place.

Quick Facts


Full Name Langston Hughes
Died May 22, 1967, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Poet, Actor, Author, Playwright, Columnist, Novelist, Lyricist, Essayist, Social activist
Education Lincoln University, Columbia University
Nationality American
Parents Caroline Mercer Langston, James Nathaniel Hughes
Awards Spingarn Medal, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Quill Award for Poetry, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Music Songs Mother to Son, Blues Montage, As I Grew Older; I, Too, Rhythms of the World, Baby; Mother to Son; Dreams; Youth, The Dream Keeper: Dreams; Water-Front Street; Long Trip, African Dance; Dream Variation; The Negro Speaks of Rivers, The Weary Blues; Wide River; Homesick Blues; Night and Morn, Feet O'Jesus; Prayer; Prayer Meeting; Ma Lord, Lincoln Monument; Washington; Aunt Sue's Stories, Dressed Up; When Sue Wears Red; April Rain Song, Parisian Beggar Woman; Mexican Market Woman, Seascape; Sailor, A Dream Deferred, Dreams and Youth, Characteristics, Opening Blues / Blues Montage / Commercial Theatre / Morning After / Could Be / Testament, Beginnings, The Blues, Consider Me / The Stranger / Midnight Stroll / Backstage / Dream Montage / Weird Nightmare / Double G Train / Jump Monk
Albums Weary Blues, The Dream Keeper and Other Poems of Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's
Movies Way Down South, Classical Baby: I'm Grown Up Now: The Poetry Show, The Strollin' Twenties


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Nativity 2013 based on the play by
Salvation 2003 Short autobiography The Big Sea
Cora Unashamed 2000 TV Movie short story
The Pocketbook 1980 Short story
Winners 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special poem "Harlem Sweeties"
Thank You, M'am 1976 Short story
Actor's Choice 1970 TV Series various writings - 1 episode
Black Nativity 1962 TV Movie original story
Play of the Week 1959 TV Series book - 1 episode
The Blood of Jesus 1941 poem "Weary Blues" - uncredited
Way Down South 1939 original story and screenplay

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Zebrahead 1992 lyrics: "Crossing"
Stormy Weather 1943 lyrics: "African Dance" 1939 - uncredited
Way Down South 1939 lyrics: "Good Ground" 1939, "Louisiana" 1939 / music: "Good Ground" 1939, "Louisiana" 1939

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Street Scene 1994 TV Movie lyrics by
Live from Lincoln Center 1979 TV Series lyrics by - 1 episode
Play of the Week 1959 TV Series lyricist - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show 2008 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Himself
The Subject Is Jazz 1958 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Looking for Langston 1989 Himself

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