The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9612   Message #556499
Posted By: masato sakurai
22-Sep-01 - 04:47 AM
Thread Name: Origins: AMEN (Jester Hairston)
Subject: RE: AMEN
John Lovell, Jr. writes with no further information on the song: "Jester Hairston did the choral music of the motion picture, Lilies of the Field. His arrangement of 'Amen' was the one used by Sidney Poitier in winning the Academy Award for best actor" (Black Song, p. 455). Jester Hairston--Spirituals (CASPARO GSCD-269) contains "Amen" with no notes to it. Whatever its origin may be, the Hairston arrangement (or composition) is more spiritual-like than many "authentic" spirituals.