George W. Johnson- The First African American Recording Star

George W. Johnson was the first successful African American recording artist. Despite being a 19th Century pioneer, he is rarely talked about nowadays. This is his story.

The Whistling Coon:

The Laughing Song:

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George W. Johnson, Pioneer in Recorded Music born


https://www.allmusic.com/artist/george-w-johnson-mn0000541374
http://www.arsc-audio.org/newsletter/NSLR135.pdf

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