Loading player…

Thomas Andrew Dorsey (July 1, 1899 – January 23, 1993) was known as "the father of black gospel music" and was at one time so closely associated with the field that songs written in the new style were sometimes known as "dorseys." Earlier in his life he was a leading blues pianist known as Georgia Tom.
As formulated by Dorsey, gospel music combines Christian praise with the rhythms of jazz and the blues. His…

read more

Top Tracks

Top Albums

Similar Artists


Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

  • Remains an enormous shame that there is so little of Dorsey's work up on last.fm. This guy is seminal in the development of Gospel.
  • An absolutely central character history in the evolution of Black music in the US. Dorsey was the guy who defined Gospel music and who popularised it during the 1930s. For a very touching insight into his life catch his spoken introduction to "Take my hand Precious Lord". (For his less sanctified early history,catch some of his trakcs as Georgia Tom (often with Tampa Red). A great man.
  • Divine (quite literally).

API Calls