Talk:Thomas A. Dorsey

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Precious Lord[edit]

There is room for debate whether "Precious Lord" was Dr. King's favorite gospel song; one account claims that he asked for it to be sung the night before his assassination because it was the only song that choir could perform half-competently. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.126.41.116 (talk) 10:34, 6 January 2005 (UTC)

Film[edit]

Professor Dorsey (along with Willie May Ford Smith) was profiled in the film Say Amen, Somebody. Perhaps some mention should be made of the film, as it is a wonderful introduction to his life and work, as well as the depth of his influence. —Preceding unsigned comment added by K8 fan (talkcontribs) 04:27, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

Quality of Material[edit]

This is a poorly written article. Take, for example, the second paragraph. To suggest that the "standard hymnal practice" is where "the individual [is] subsumed into the group via belief" is doubtful, theological mush, and really doesn't even make any sense. I have a half dozen Lutheran hymnals where no such thing happens at all. The material is opinion and requires citation. Besides, hymnals can't have practices.

The article fails to differentiate between "gospel music" and, later, "black gospel music". The failure stems from the unclear definition presented in the second paragraph.

The phrase "African American", whatever that means, should be hyphenated.

The Wikipedia article "Peace in the Valley" states the song was written 1939; this states 1937.

The paragraph beginning "Dorsey wrote 'Peace in the Valley'..." is a mess of unrelated facts and should be rewritten. At least, it should be clear that Jackson did not become a gospel standard.

The Summary box states his origin as "Tampa, Florida, USA" but the text states he was born in Villa Rica, Georgia! I suspect the Summary box is confusing Thomas A. Dorsey with Tampa Red?Nice1al (talk) 21:19, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

I agree. However, Wikipedia is the encyclopedia that anyone can edit - including you! Feel free to improve the article however you like - other editors will no doubt comment, or change it back, if your edits are inappropriate. If you like, look through the welcome message I am adding to your talk page, but don't be afraid to have a go at editing here yourself. Ghmyrtle (talk) 21:32, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Origin of Gospel Music[edit]

This article makes it seem as though Dorsey invented gospel or single-handedly made it what it is (gospel as formulated by Dorsey...) - which is not true. Jazz and blues elements were part of gospel long before Dorsey started writing music. He definitely had a big impact on gospel, arguably more than anyone else ever did, but gospel and the blues developed alongside each other. Early gospel influenced the blues, and the blues influenced gospel. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.92.242.173 (talk) 23:44, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

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