Robert Garfias recordings: Georgia Sea Island Singers, 1970-04-19

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Georgia Sea Island Singers
4 items  :  OT - 2 reels (15 ips, full-track, 7"); 2 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 00:23:41
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Performance by the Georgia Sea Islanders (gospel group from St. Simon, Georgia), recorded at the University of Washington.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performers: Georgia Sea Islanders (gospel group from St. Simon, Georgia) - John Davis/tenor; Peter Davis/bass; Bessie Jones/alto; Bessie Burk/soprano; Emma Lee Ramsey/alto.


70-7.1 - I Want Jesus to Walk with Me; Got Religion; In That Great Day; My God is Rockin' a Weary Land; You Better Mind; Beulah (continued on next tape)

70-7.2 - Beulah (ending)

Audio tapes digitized 3/2016 (WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit) - 70-7.1.wav (23:00), 70-7.2.wav (00:41)

Documentation: Film log.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1 audiotape : Audio Reel

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Gospel Music
  • Gospel musicians
  • Gospel singers
  • Gospel singers--United States
  • Sea Islanders--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Vocal

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Jones, Bessie (performer)
    Corporate Names
    • Sea Island Singers (performer)