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Jester Hairston

1901-2000 US, Belews Creek, North Carolina
Composer / Songwriter / Arranger / Conductor of World
A.k.a. Jester Joseph Hairston

Jester Joseph Hairston (July 9, 1901 – January 18, 2000) was an American composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor. He was regarded as a leading expert on Negro spirituals and choral music. His notable compositions include "Amen," a gospel-tinged theme from the film Lilies of the Field and a 1963 hit for The Impressions, and the Christmas song "Mary's Boy Child".

  • World
  • Folk
  • Blues
  • Classical
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
White Christmas on Christmas Piano - Classy Classical Christmas Compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christmas Party Allstars & Canciones Infantiles
Amen on Lilies Of The Field by Jerry Goldsmith & His Orchestra
Amen / Sunday Morning / Amen on Lilies Of The Field by Jerry Goldsmith & His Orchestra
Amen on 16 Great Christmas Classics Volume 3 by Various Artists
Mary's Boy Child on Greatest Christmas Choir Album by Various Artists
Mary's Boy Child on We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, José Carreras & Plácido Domingo
Mary's Little Boy Child on A Quintessential Christmas by Quintessential Vocal Ensemble
Maria's Zoon on Vrolijke Christelijke Kinderliedjes, Vol. 10: Jezus = Koning by Various Artists
Mary's Boychild on Best of Christmas - Accordion by Various Artists
Mary's Boy Child on Christmas Piano - Relaxing Study Music - Christmas Edition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Classical Study Music

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
AmenJester Hairston2014Single
SpiritualsJester Hairston1989Album
The Jester Hairston CollectionJester Hairston1984Album
AmenJester Hairston1977Album
An Evening With Jester HairstonJester Hairston Directing The Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale1977Album
Jester Hairston ConcertJester Hairston With The Utah State University Concert Chorale1970Album
Jester Hairston TV ConcertJester Hairston, The Utah State University Concert Chorale1970Album
Perfil En Canciones De La Vida Del NegroJester Hairston1970Album
High School Choir FestivalJester Hairston1967Album
1967 Pacific Music ClinicPacific Music Clinic, Jim Douglass, Jester Hairston, Carmen Dragon, Robert Wagner1967Album
An Evening Of SpiritualsJester Hairston1961Album
You Better MindJester HairstonSingle
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