The Hall Johnson Choir is in charge of lots of the greatest choir performances on stage and display screen within the ’30s and ’40s. The group was shaped by Hall Johnson — arranger, composer, article writer, and multi-instrumentalist — to be able to demonstrate the initial sense of tempo and strength that Afro-American lifestyle could provide to a musical efficiency, an element he felt have been previously disregarded by vocal groupings utilizing so what can greatest be referred to as regular white barbershop tranquility. Johnson appears to have attained nothing but achievement in this enterprise, the choir offering climactic occasions in Hollywood’s best-known black-oriented movies from this period, such as for example Cabin in the Sky. Certainly, nevertheless, the choir’s largest viewers has ended up being children, and not simply the ones who have been around once the group was dynamic. The Hall Johnson Choir perform in well-known segments from many of Walt Disney’s cartoon classics through the ’40s, Dumbo and Track from the South. Ironically, the group’s figures in these movies have already been criticized to be demeaning to blacks, a knee-jerk response that inevitably entails passing up on more complex levels of meaning within these sections. Many viewers, for instance, lose out on in-jokes such as for example white vocalist Cliff Edwards — another Disney regular well-known for his Jiminy Cricket characterization — playing a parrot sarcastically called Jim Crow in his moments using the choir, moments where Edwards was the only real white performer included. Looming large on the whole Disney scenario may be the presumption that this proud, highly smart Johnson wouldn’t normally have been ready to endure overt racist content material. His choir originally began as an octet, the Harlem Jubilee Performers, then extended into that which was at first known as the Hall Johnson Negro Choir in nov 1925. The group started documenting for RCA Victor 3 years later on, quickly shifting onto Broadway using a collection of spirituals arranged into a display entitled The Green Pastures, accompanied by a Johnson creation entitled Run Small Chillun in 1933. Within the ’40s Johnson also got an additional, relatively extended choir, the Celebration Negro Chorus of NY. The last main activity relating to the Hall Johnson Choir occurred in the first ’50s, once the group was chosen by the STATE DEPT. for a global festival of great arts kept in Berlin, accompanied by a lengthy Western european tour.
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|The Colgate Comedy Hour||1953||TV Series|
|The Peanut Man||1947|
|Cabin in the Sky||1943||Church Choir (as The Hall Johnson Choir)|
|Heart of the Golden West||1942||Choir|
|Tales of Manhattan||1942||Offscreen Singers (Robeson sequence) (as The Hall Johnson Choir)|
|Lady for a Night||1942||Singers (as The Hall Johnson Choir)|
|Dumbo||1941||Choral Sounds (uncredited)|
|Road to Zanzibar||1941||uncredited|
|Meet John Doe||1941|
|In Old Missouri||1940||Choir Singers (uncredited)|
|Swanee River||1939||Musical Ensemble|
|Way Down South||1939|
|Zenobia||1939||as The Hall Johnson Choir|
|St. Louis Blues||1939||Hall Johnson Choir|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||1937||Finale Chorus (voice, uncredited)|
|Rainbow on the River||1936||Choral Ensemble|
|Banjo on My Knee||1936||Vocal Ensemble (as The Hall-Johnson Choir)|
|Camp Meetin'||1936||Short||Musical Ensemble|
|Dimples||1936||Choir (as The Hall Johnson Choir)|
|The Green Pastures||1936||Vocal Ensemble|
|Black and Tan||1929||Short||Choir|
|St. Louis Blues||1929||Short||Choir|
|1941||1979||performer: "When I See an Elephant Fly" - uncredited|
|Song of the South||1946||performer: "Let The Rain Pour Down", "Uncle Remus Said", "All I Want" - uncredited|
|Heart of the Golden West||1942||performer: "River Robin", "Who's Gonna Help Me Sing?", "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny", "River Chant"|
|Dumbo||1941||performer: "When I See an Elephant Fly" 1941 - uncredited|
|Meet John Doe||1941||performer: "THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC" 1861, "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME" 1908, "OH! SUSANNA" 1848, "SILENT NIGHT" 1818, "ODE TO JOY", "Hard Times Come Again No More" 1854 - uncredited|
|Way Down South||1939||"Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen", uncredited / performer: "Good Ground" 1939, "Louisiana" 1939, "Peter, Go Ring Dem Bells" uncredited, "Nobody Pray" uncredited, "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" uncredited, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" uncredited|
|Zenobia||1939||performer: "In the Evening by the Moonlight" 1880 - uncredited|
|My Old Kentucky Home||1938||performer: "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Black Joe", "Massa's in De Cold Ground"|
|Banjo on My Knee||1936||performer: "St. Louis Blues" 1914 - uncredited|
|Dimples||1936||"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", uncredited / performer: "The Gospel Train", "Dixie-anna" 1936 - uncredited|
|The Green Pastures||1936||performer: "Have You Got Good Religion Certainly, Lord", "Rise and Shine", "My God Is So High", "In Bright Mansions Above", "I'm So Glad Trouble Don't Last Always", "Dere's No Hiding Place Down Here", "Go Down Moses", "Lord, I Don't Feel Noways Tired", "Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho", "Hallelujah, King Jesus!" - uncredited|
|Hearts Divided||1936||performer: "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" - uncredited|
|Pardon Us||1931||performer: "Lazy Moon" 1903 - uncredited|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||1937||chorus - uncredited|
|The Song of a Nation||1936||Short musical settings|
|The Laurel and Hardy Show||1986||TV Series||Choir (1986)|
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