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Doug Seroff master tapes of Negro quartet singing

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1.3 l.f. (19 audio tapes TTA-0198A/S)


1.3 l.f. (19 audio tapes TTA-0198A/S) of master copies of commercial discs, test and unissued discs, and radio transcription disc accumulated from various sources by Nashville gospel music researcher Doug Seroff. Audio log prepared by Bruce Nemerov.


1980-1981. [original discs ca. 1920s - 1950s]

Provenance and Acquisition Information

These master tapes were made for Doug Seroff by Alan Stoker, audio specialist at the County Music Foundation, Nashville TN, in 1980-1981. The discs from which these tapes were made had been received from a variety of sources, and their current location is unknown.

Scope and Content

These audio tapes are master copies of commercial discs, test and unissued discs, and radio transcription discs accumulated from various sources by Nashville gospel music researcher Doug Seroff. The copies were made for Seroff by the audio lab of the Country Music Foundation (CMF).

The tapes consist of harmony selections, primarily religious songs, by a wide variety of Negro quartets. Some cuts were later clipped from these tapes and transferred to new tapes for use by Clanka Lanka Records (Sweden) and other labels in preparation of commercial reissue recordings, some of which are held by the Center.

A complete list of the titles originally recorded by CMF staff is filed with the accession record. On those lists, selections clipped from the tapes are marked *. These lists have been annotated to show the corresponding number assigned to each tape by the Center.

The logs of these tapes which follow, made by Center audio specialist Bruce Nemerov, list the original label and issue number, the performer and the song title for each cut. Because they include only cuts which remain on the tapes, these logs are not congruent with the CMF play lists in the accession record.


These tapes, like other audiovisual materials, are filed first by format, then by tape number in the audiovisual archives.               EBG January 9, 2001      



Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University


African-American singers


Stoker, Alan


Brewsteraires, Pattersonaires, Golden Gate Quartet, Paramount Singers, Harmonizing Four, National Independent Gospel Singers, Kings of Harmony, Sky Light Singers, Evening Star Quartet, 5 Blind Boys, Dixie Hummingbirds, Zionettes of Detroit, Wright Brothers, Jubilee Singers, Taskiana Four, Norfolk Jubilee Quartet, Sparkling Four, Silver Leaf Quartette, Virginia Four, Lewis Bronzeville Five, Spirit of Memphis, Southern Harmonaires, Ravizee Singers, Blue Jay Singers, Heavenly Gospel Singers, Mississippi Mud Mashers, Nephews, Four Southern Singers, Fairfield Four, Sky Larks, Spirit of Memphis Quartet, Wrights Brothers, Golden Echo, Brother Green's Southern Sons, Nightingales, Southern Son Quartette, Five Breezes, Selah Jubilee Singers, Silver Leaf Quartet of Norfolk, Rising Star Singers, Roland Smith's Rascals, Wright Brothers

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