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Charlie Baum Authorship of 'Blind Bartemus' (includes lyrics) (28) RE: Authorship of 'Blind Bartemus' 16 Apr 08


From Joe Hickerson's column in Sing Out!, it's clear that any song search is gong to have to look for "Bartimus" "Bartemas" and "Barnabus"

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From http://www.naxosdirect.ca/GOLDEN-GATE-QUARTET-Gospel-Train-1937-1942/title/8120731/
Blind Barnabas (more info)
Composed by: Willie Johnson [one of the members of the Golden Gate Quartet]
Recording date: 25 May 1941
Produced by: Lennick, David

Blind Barnabas - 02:11:

Clicking "Read more about this recording" yields a lot more information about Willie Johnson. Willie Johnson can certainly be credited with the Golden Gate Quartet's arrangement, but is the actual composer?

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From http://www.allmusicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3ifoxqq5ldje~T3, a listing that calls it "Traditional":

[song title:] Blind Barnabas         [composer:] Traditional         [on the album:] Warrior on the Battlefield: A Capella Trail Blazers -- 1920s-1940s

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Sorry to present resources with no conclusion, but the next researcher can refine these bits of information further.

--Charlie Baum


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