Brother John Sellers
Sellers played in gospel tent shows while young. He was discovered by Mahalia Jackson, who brought him to Chicago to perform with her. In the 1950s he began playing secular music, and recorded his first album in 1954 for Vanguard Records. While on tour in Europe he recorded with Big Bill Broonzy; he also plays on the Ella Jenkins record A Long Time to Freedom.
Later in the 1950s Sellers relocated to New York City, where he became active on the folk revival scene of Greenwich Village. He started a longtime partnership with Alvin Ailey, working with him on dance performances such as "Revelations" and "Blues Suite". Sellers was involved in the Broadway production of Tambourines to Glory by Langston Hughes, and performed at appearances by Studs Terkel.
- Brother John Sellers (Vanguard Records, 1954)
- Sings Blues and Folk Songs (Vanguard, 1954)
- Baptist Shouts and Gospel Songs (Monitor Records/Smithsonian Folkways)
- Big Boat Up The River (Monitor Records/Smithsonian Folkways)
- Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways (Smithsonian Folkways)
- Let Praise Arise (Integrity Music, 1984)
- Brother John Sellers at Allmusic
- Illustrated Brother John Sellers discography
- Discography at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings