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Pace Jubilee Singers


In 1871, the historic Hebrew phrase “Jubilee” was put on an African-American vocal ensemble by way of a music teacher at Fisk School in Nashville, TN. The term carried a mention of the freeing of slaves that reached back again a large number of years. Touring to improve money because of their university, the Fisk Jubilee Performers also set up a precedent for the enhanced, dignified display of art music and spirituals. With the 1920s, the example they established had inspired a large number of predominately spiritual ensembles, like the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet, the Dixie Jubilee Performers, the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Performers, and the Speed Jubilee Performers. This last group was called for their creator Charles Henry Speed (1886-1963), who with the middle-’20s was generally energetic as composer and publisher of spiritual music. An ex-student of W.E. Du Bois, Speed transferred to Memphis from Atlanta in 1905 to provide as editor of Du Bois’ short-lived periodical the Moon Illustrated Regular. In 1907, Speed was functioning as cashier on the Solvent Cost savings Bank or investment company on Beale Avenue when he fulfilled W.C. Helpful. For years, both males would collaborate as composers and music web publishers, and the Speed & Handy Music Organization was founded in 1913, even while Speed sought financial balance by relocating to Atlanta where, like composer Charles Ives, he worked well in the life span insurance business. In 1921, Speed & Handy dissolved their collaboration, and Speed established the Speed Phonograph Company, shortly to be referred to as Dark Swan Information. He also became adept being a publisher of Christian melodies, including his very own airs and agreements of traditional spirituals. With Speed as his publisher, hokum bluesman Georgia Tom broke along with his longtime collaborator Tampa Crimson and crossed to become an solely spiritual artist beneath the name of Thomas A. Dorsey. Based on Memphis musicologist David Evans, Dorsey and Charles Albert Tindley could actually become established within their very own careers thanks generally towards the groundwork laid by Charles Henry Speed. Many of Tindley’s music show up within the Speed Jubilee discography, including “Keep It There,” “The stand by position Me,” and “Nothing at all Between.” The Speed Jubilee Performers produced their recordings — a lot more than 40 edges — through the years 1926-1929. Many of these have already been reissued with the Record label. They’re most crucial for the tone of voice of highlighted soloist Hattie Parker, whose broadly imitated sonorities and delicate handling of religious lyrics would afterwards become express in the task of the fantastic Mahalia Jackson.

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Music Songs Steal Away And Pray, Leave It There, Certainly Lord, Nothing Between, Old Time Religion, I'm Going To Do All I Can For My Lord, The Haven Of Rest, No Night There, What A Friend, I've Done My Work, Everytime I Feel The Spirit, My Task, It Pays To Serve Jesus, I'll Be Satisfied, My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race, Seek And Ye Shall Find, Shouting On, You'd Better Mind, My Lord, What a Morning, My Lord's Going to Move This Wicked Race, I Can't Stay Away, I'm Going Through Jesus, Everybody Got to Walk, My Lord Is Writin' All the Time, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?, Walk in the Light of God, Is It Well with Your Soul Today?, I've Started and I'm Goin' All the Way, We Will Walk Thru the Valley of Peace, Heaven's Door Gonna Be Closed, You Gonna Just What, My Lord Will Deliver
Albums I Can't Stay Away, Pace Jubilee Singers Vol. 2 (1928-1929)

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1 Ex-brother in law of Ned Glass.
2 Made 11 movies with his close friend James Cagney, more than any other actor. These were The Crowd Roars (1932), Footlight Parade (1933), Here Comes the Navy (1934), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935), The Irish in Us (1935), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Boy Meets Girl (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Fighting 69th (1940), City for Conquest (1940), A Lion Is in the Streets (1953).
3 Played the same character, Spud Connors, in The Crowd Roars (1932) and its remake, Indianapolis Speedway (1939).
4 Played the same character (the petty thief running away from Chinese authorities) both in One Way Passage (1932) and its remake, 'Til We Meet Again (1940). The character was called Skippy in the first film and Rockhingham T. Rockingham in the second.
5 Brother of Matt McHugh, Kitty McHugh, James McHugh, Nora McHugh, and Edward McHugh.



Convention City 1933 Will Goodwin
The House on 56th Street 1933 Chester Hunt
Son of a Sailor 1933 'Gaga'
Havana Widows 1933 Mr. Duffy, the Lawyer
Footlight Parade 1933 Francis
Professional Sweetheart 1933 Speed Dennis
Tomorrow at Seven 1933 Clancy
Hold Me Tight 1933 Billy
Ex-Lady 1933 Hugo Van Hugh
Lilly Turner 1933 David 'Dave' Dixon
Elmer, the Great 1933 Healy High-Hips
Private Jones 1933 'Greasy', the Cook
The Telegraph Trail 1933 Corporal Tippy
Grand Slam 1933 Philip 'Speed' McCann
Mystery of the Wax Museum 1933 Jim
Parachute Jumper 1933 Toodles Cooper
One Way Passage 1932 Skippy
Life Begins 1932 Ringer Banks
Blessed Event 1932 Reilly
The Dark Horse 1932 Joe
The Strange Love of Molly Louvain 1932 Skeets - a Reporter
The Crowd Roars 1932 Spud Connors
Extra! Extra! 1932 Short
High Pressure 1932 Mike Donahey
Union Depot 1932 The Drunk
The Wide Open Spaces 1931 Short Matt - a Gambler
Corsair 1931 'Chub' Hopping
The Big Scoop 1931 Short
Bad Company 1931 Doc - Henchman
The Great Junction Hotel 1931 Short Peeping Tom
The Hot Spot 1931 Short
Traveling Husbands 1931 Pinkie
That's News to Me 1931 Short
Men of the Sky 1931
Up for Murder 1931 Collins
The Front Page 1931 McCue
Millie 1931 John Holmes
Kiss Me Again 1931 Francois
Going Wild 1930 'Ricky' Freeman
The Widow from Chicago 1930 Slug
College Lovers 1930 Speed Haskins
Bright Lights 1930 A. Hamilton Fish, a reporter
Top Speed 1930 Tad Jordan
The Dawn Patrol 1930 Flaherty
If Men Played Cards as Women Do 1929 Short 3rd Card Player
Lancer 1969 TV Series Charlie Wingate
NBC Experiment in Television 1968 TV Series
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1968 TV Series Constable Seely
The Lucy Show 1967 TV Series Mr. snowden
Easy Come, Easy Go 1967 Captain Jack
F Troop 1966 TV Series Charlie
The Bing Crosby Show 1964-1965 TV Series Willie / Willie Walters
A Tiger Walks 1964 Bill Watkins
The United States Steel Hour 1957-1963 TV Series Dan O'Malley / George Rausch / Tude Bowers / ...
The Doctors and the Nurses 1963 TV Series Mr. Durkin
Inside Danny Baker 1963 TV Movie Mr. Johansen
Going My Way 1962 TV Series William Jennings Depew
Route 66 1962 TV Series Sandy Leeds / Landers
The DuPont Show of the Week 1962 TV Series The Hub Tub Kid
Cain's Hundred 1962 TV Series Wilbur Morton
Theatre '62 1961 TV Series
The Spiral Staircase 1961 TV Movie Constable Williams
The Defenders 1961 TV Series Henry Schell
Wagon Train 1961 TV Series Henry Shannon
Outlaws 1961 TV Series John Buttery
Harrigan and Son 1961 TV Series Patrick O'Toole
The DuPont Show of the Month 1960 TV Series
Art Carney Special 1960 TV Series
Buick-Electra Playhouse 1959 TV Series
Career 1959 Charlie Gallagher
Say One for Me 1959 Jim Dugan
The Millionaire 1959 TV Series Charles Bradwell
The Red Skelton Hour 1959 TV Series Muggsy
The Last Hurrah 1958 Festus Garvey
Studio One in Hollywood 1954-1958 TV Series Barney / Ben Ames / Horace Potter / ...
Kraft Theatre 1957-1958 TV Series Max
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Charlie
Matinee Theatre 1957 TV Series
Star Stage 1956 TV Series
The Alcoa Hour 1956 TV Series George Schroeder
Appointment with Adventure 1955 TV Series Salesman
Justice 1954-1955 TV Series
The Elgin Hour 1954 TV Series Photographer
There's No Business Like Show Business 1954 Eddie Dugan, Vicky's Agent
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1954 TV Series Willy Skokes
Ponds Theater 1953-1954 TV Series
Center Stage 1954 TV Series
Love Story 1954 TV Series
The Motorola Television Hour 1954 TV Series Mayor Pease
Medallion Theatre 1954 TV Series
The Web 1953 TV Series
A Lion Is in the Streets 1953 Frank Rector
It Happens Every Thursday 1953 Fred Hawley
The Gulf Playhouse 1952 TV Series
Celanese Theatre 1952 TV Series Father McKee
My Son John 1952 Father O'Dowd
Tales of Tomorrow 1952 TV Series
Schlitz Playhouse 1952 TV Series
The Pace That Thrills 1952 Rocket Anderson
Musical Comedy Time 1951 TV Series Hiram Bent
Starlight Theatre 1951 TV Series
The Tougher They Come 1950 Gig Rafferty
Paid in Full 1950 Ben, Bartender
Miss Grant Takes Richmond 1949 Mr. Kilcoyne
Mighty Joe Young 1949 Windy
The Velvet Touch 1948 Ernie Boyle
Carnegie Hall 1947 John Donovan
Easy Come, Easy Go 1947 Carey
Little Miss Big 1946 Charlie Bryan
The Runaround 1946 Wally Quayle
The Hoodlum Saint 1946 Three Finger
State Fair 1945 McGee
A Medal for Benny 1945 Edgar Lovekin
Bowery to Broadway 1944 Joe Kirby
Marine Raiders 1944 Sgt. Louis Leary
Going My Way 1944 Father Timothy O'Dowd
Her Cardboard Lover 1942 Chappie Champagne
All Through the Night 1942 Barney
Manpower 1941 Omaha
Back Street 1941 Ed Porter
Four Mothers 1941 Ben Crowley
City for Conquest 1940 'Mutt'
I Love You Again 1940 'Doc' Ryan
'Til We Meet Again 1940 Rockingham T. Rockingham
Virginia City 1940 Mr. Upjohn
Alex in Wonderland 1940 Short Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The Fighting 69th 1940 'Crepe Hanger' Burke
Four Wives 1939 Ben Crowley
The Roaring Twenties 1939 Danny Green
On Your Toes 1939 Paddy Reilly
Dust Be My Destiny 1939 Caruthers
Indianapolis Speedway 1939 'Spud' Connors
Daughters Courageous 1939 George
Dodge City 1939 Joe Clemens
Wings of the Navy 1939 Scat Allen
Valley of the Giants 1938 'Fingers' McCarthy
Boy Meets Girl 1938 Rossetti
Four Daughters 1938 Ben Crowley
Little Miss Thoroughbred 1938 Tod Harrington
He Couldn't Say No 1938 Lambert T. Hunkins
Swing Your Lady 1938 Popeye
Submarine D-1 1937 'Lucky'
Sunday Night at the Trocadero 1937 Short Frank McHugh
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air 1937 'Sniffer' Sears
Marry the Girl 1937 David 'Party' Partridge
Ever Since Eve 1937 'Mabel' DeCraven
A Day at Santa Anita 1937 Short Frank McHugh (uncredited)
Three Men on a Horse 1936 Erwin Trowbridge
Stage Struck 1936 Sid
Bullets or Ballots 1936 Herman
Snowed Under 1936 Orlando Rowe
Moonlight Murder 1936 William
Freshman Love 1936 Coach Hammond
Stars Over Broadway 1935 Offkey Cramer
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1935 Quince - the Carpenter
Page Miss Glory 1935 Ed Olson
The Irish in Us 1935 Mike O'Hara
Gold Diggers of 1935 1935 Humbolt Prentiss
Devil Dogs of the Air 1935 Crash Kelly
Maybe It's Love 1935 Willie Sands
6 Day Bike Rider 1934 Clinton Hemmings
Happiness Ahead 1934 Tom
Here Comes the Navy 1934 Droopy
Return of the Terror 1934 Joe Hastings
Smarty 1934 George
Let's Be Ritzy 1934 Bill Damroy Robert
Merry Wives of Reno 1934 Al
Heat Lightning 1934 Frank
Fashions of 1934 1934 Snap
Not Tonight, Josephine 1934 Short Napoleon



Going My Way 1944 performer: "Hail Alma Mater" 1944 - uncredited
Submarine D-1 1937 performer: "Bringing in the Sheaves" 1880 - uncredited
Stage Struck 1936 performer: "She's in Love Lady of the Moon Number" - uncredited
Freshman Love 1936 performer: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" - uncredited
Stars Over Broadway 1935 performer: "Where the Sweet, Sweet Cactus Grows" 1935, "Brownstone Baby I've Got the Blues for You" 1935 - uncredited
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1935 performer: "Scottish Symphony: Final Movement" 1842 - uncredited
Maybe It's Love 1935 performer: "By a Waterfall" 1933 - uncredited
Happiness Ahead 1934 performer: "Massaging Window Panes" 1934 - uncredited
Here Comes the Navy 1934 performer: "Oh, Promise Me" 1889 - uncredited
Footlight Parade 1933 performer: "Ah! The Moon Is Here" 1933 - uncredited
Lilly Turner 1933 performer: "My Wild Irish Rose" - uncredited
Millie 1931 performer: "It's Nice to Be a Geranium" - uncredited
Kiss Me Again 1931 performer: "A Make Believe Ladies Man" 1905 - uncredited
The Dawn Patrol 1930 performer: "Plum and Apple" - uncredited



AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney 1974 TV Special documentary Himself (table boe) (uncredited)
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Breakdowns of 1938 1938 Documentary short Popeye Bronson (Swing Your Lady outtakes) (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 1 1936 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 3 1935 Documentary short Himself
A Dream Comes True 1935 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood Newsreel 1934 Short Himself (uncredited)
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee 1930 Short Himself

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Francis, 'Footlight Parade' (uncredited)
Red Skelton: Bloopers, Blunders and Ad-Libs 1994 Video Muggsy
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1966 TV Series Bill Watkins

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