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Name: Mother McCollum
Aka: Sister Gertrude Morgan Mother McCollum
Born: Lafayette, Alabama 1900
Died: New Orleans, Louisiana 1980
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Recording career: 1930
Most popular song(s): “Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane”
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Name: Rev. Ford Washington (F. W.) McGee
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Name: Brownie McGhee
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Name: Elders McIntorsh and Edwards
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Name: Blind Willie McTell
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Name: McCoy & Johnson
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Name: Luther Martin Magby
Location: South Carolina
Born: 5th June 1896
Died: 10th November 1966
Biography Synopsis: Luther Martin Magby was an American gospel singer who recorded two songs for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia on November 11, 1927, in which he both sang and accompanied himself on harmonium and tambourine. He and his wife Mamie were born in South Carolina. At the time of the 1920 Census, they and their one-year-old son Luther C. were living on a farm in Greenville County, South Carolina; Luther’s occupation was recorded as “Farmer, General Farm”. He is recorded as having died in Hartley County, Texas; although his residence at the time is recorded as Dalhart, Texas, which is in Dallam County. In 2002, Luther Magby was performing in gospel shows at state fairs. The surname is uncommon, and that may have been the son, Luther C., already mentioned.

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Recording career: 1927
Most popular song(s): Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Jesus Is Getting Us Ready for the Great Day

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Name: Roberta Martin
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Name: Rev. R. M. Massey
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Name: Sister Matthews
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Name: Megginson Female Quartette
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Name: Memhis Sanctified Singers
Aka: Bessie Johnson & Her Sanctified Singers
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Biography Synopsis: Led by Bessie Johnson and also featuring Melinda Taylor and Sally Sumler, the Memphis Sanctified Singers recorded several sides for Victor during the late ’20s. Though many of their sides were released as Bessie Johnson & Her Sanctified Singers, Harry Smith’s popular 1952 folksong compendium Anthology of American Folk Music listed the group as the Memphis Sanctified Singers. All six sides recorded by the group appear on the Document collection Memphis Gospel: Complete Works (1927-1929). They also appeared on several recordings by the Elders McIntorsh and Edwards’ Sanctified Singers (also featured on the same compilation).

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Name: Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1
Location: Georgia
Biography Synopsis: The Middle Georgia Singing Convention N.1, about whom nothing is known, recorded 6 sides in Atlanta, Georgia in December 1930. Middle Georgia Singing Convention belong to the african-american shape-note singing tradition but the style of the performance is quite distinct from Sacred Harp singing as the voices of the singers harmonize in very rhythmic and syncopated patterns giving the song an almost robotic cadence.
Recording career: 1930
Most popular song(s): This Song of Love
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Name: Rev. J. M. Milton
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Name: Rev. E. S. (Shy) Moore
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Name: Rev. W. M. Mosley
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Name: Mount Valley Vernon Choir
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