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James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)

American poet, novelist and essayist James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, FL, in 1871. He came from a musically inclined family--his brother was noted composer and songwriter Rosamond Johnson--and received his B.A. from Atlanta University and his M.A. from that institution two years later, a significant accomplishment in an era when many... See full bio »

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(age 67) in Wiscasset, Maine, USA

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Do the Right Thing Soundtrack
(1989)
Rain Man Soundtrack
(1988)
Five Writer
(1951)
Our Family Wedding Soundtrack
(2010)

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 2019 Run Free (Short) (writer: "Lift Every Banner") (completed)
 2017 Die letzte Pointe (writer: "DRY BONES")
 2014 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Week 6: Halloween Special (2014) ... (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 2014 Columbus Bible Prophecy Conference (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Silver Trumpets (2014) ... (writer: "Dem Dry Bones" - uncredited)
 2013/I Dry Bones (writer: "Dem Bones" (Classic Version), "Dem Bones" (Extended Version))
 2013 Mr Selfridge (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... (writer: "Under the Bamboo Tree" - uncredited)
 2011 The Office (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Spooked (2011) ... (writer: "Dem Bones")
 2010 Our Family Wedding (performer: "Lift Every Voice And Sing")
 1997 Animaniacs (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Message in a Bottle/Back in Style/Bones in the Body (1997) ... (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 1993 The Grand Generation (Documentary short) (writer: "Lift Every Voice and Sing")
 1993 Undercover Blues (writer: "Didn't He Ramble")
 1993 Perfect Strangers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- After Hours (1993) ... (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 1992 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Homer's Triple Bypass (1992) ... (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 1991 Barney in Concert (Video) (music: "Sally the Camel" - uncredited)
 1990 Tiny Toon Adventures (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Journey to the Center of Acme Acres (1990) ... (writer: "Dem Bones")
 1989 Do the Right Thing (lyrics: "Lift Every Voice and Sing") / (music: "Lift Every Voice and Sing")
 1989 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hangar 18 (1989) ... (writer: "Dem Bones")
 1988 Rain Man (music: "Dry Bones" (1927))
 1984 No 73 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Driving Ambition (1984) ... (writer: "Dry Bones")
 1983 The Man with Two Brains (music: "Under the Bamboo Tree" - uncredited)
 1981 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Karen Black/Cheap Trick/Stanley Clarke Trio (1981) ... (writer: "Under the Bamboo Tree" - uncredited)
 1976 ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek (TV Movie) (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 1975 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Bob Hope/Dean Martin/Charles Nelson Reilly/Carol Wayne (1975) ... (music: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (lyrics: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1902) - uncredited)
 1973 Wattstax (Documentary) (writer: "Lift Every Voice & Sing")
 1972 The Ruling Class (music: "Dry Bones" - uncredited)
 1970 Brewster McCloud (writer: "Lift Every Voice and Sing (Black National Hymn)")
 1969 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (TV Movie) (music: "Dry Bones")
 1969 Bewitched (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Samantha's Power Failure (1969) ... (writer: "Dem Dry Bones" - uncredited)
 1968 The Prisoner (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fall Out (1968) ... (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 1964 Shindig! (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (1964) ... (music: "Dem Dry Bones")
 1961 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Teacher for a Day (1961) ... (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
  The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1961) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1958) (music - 1 episode, 1958)
- Bobby Lauher (1961) ... (writer: "Under the Bamboo Tree" - uncredited)
- Aldo Ray (1958) ... (lyrics: "Dry Bones" - uncredited) / (music: "Dry Bones" - uncredited)
 1956 Cool and Groovy (Short) (music: "Dry Bones")
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (lyrics: "Dry Bones") / (music: "Dry Bones")
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Stars Over Harlem ... (music: "Dem Bones")
- Jazz Time ... (music: "Dem Bones")
 1952 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Halloween Party (1952) ... (writer: "Dem Bones" - uncredited)
 1942 White Cargo (lyrics: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1902) - uncredited) / (music: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1902) - uncredited)
 1940 Lillian Russell (lyrics: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1902) - uncredited) / (music: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1902) - uncredited)
 1939 Keep Punching (writer: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" - as James Weldon)
 1936 Suzy (writer: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1902) - uncredited)
 1932 Trouble in Paradise (writer: "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1902) - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: The Belle of Bridgeport. Farce. Written by Glen MacDonough. Music by Rosamond Johnson. Lyrics by Bob Cole and James Weldon Johnson. Additional music by William J. Accooe, William Jefferson and Cecilia Loftus [credited as Cissie Loftus]. Additional lyrics by William Jefferson, Cecilia Loftus [credited as Cissie Loftus] and ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »
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Trivia:

Buried holding a copy of "God's Trombones, " his 1927 collection of verse. See more »

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