Folklife People: The Amigo Male Singers

273995
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
The Amigo Male Singers were an African American gospel group from north central Florida. They were directed by Alfonso Levy of Lake City. The clear diction and formal sound of the group reflects influence by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a popular touring group formed shortly after emancipation to raise funds for Fisk University, and often credited with introducing the Negro spiritual to the general public. The Amigo Male Singers performed often at the Florida Folk Festival in the 1950s and 1960s.
Type
interactive resource
: The Amigo Male Singers

Amigo Male Singers performing at the Stephen Foster Memorial

241400
Date
10/18/1954
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
00045
recording. The Amigo Male Singers

A.W. Levy, director of the Amigo Male Singers- White Springs, Florida

115202
Date
1959
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP51680
of the Amigo Male Singers- White

A.W. Levy, director of the Amigo Male Singers- White Springs, Florida

115208
Date
1959
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FP51687
of the Amigo Male Singers- White

Sunday performances at the 1954 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)

239537
Date
1954-05-09
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. Knott served as the emcee. Detailed information on the performers can be found on the 1954 festival program, located in S 1619, box 1.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T76-8
Amigo Male Singers

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Folk Festival Highlights (1961)

238382
Date
1961
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. (28 minutes). A radio program that offered highlights form the 1961 Florida Folk Festival. Included are music performances by Moore, Psenka, Moon, Wacona School chorus, and the Amigo Male Singers (led by Levy). Also includes jokes by Okeefenokkee Swamp native Griffis, stories by Creek Indian Fred Beaver, Tininkling by the Lariozas, and a performance of I Dream of Jeanie by the carillon tower. These programs were created in the early 1960s by the Stephen Foster Memorial to promote the park and its activities, as well as to educate the public about Stephen Foster and Florida folk music.
Type
Sound
Item ID
61-2-4
Amigo Male Singers

Early version of Florida Folk Festival retrospective album

238055
Date
1981
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. An early, longer version of the album that became <em>Florida Folk Festival: The First 25 Years (1953-1977)</em>, produced by the Florida Folklife Program. For the complete album, see T83-135 and C83-93.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C81-24
Amigo Male Singers

Friday evening performances at the 1958 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)

239484
Date
1958-05-02
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
T77-68
(Amigo Male Singers)

Sunday performances at the 1955 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)

234070
Date
1955-05-01
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. Boltin served as the emcee. See the festival program in S 1619, box 1 for more detailed information of the festival performers and activities not recorded. Dawson was a former slave, and talks about her early life briefly before singing. According to the 1930 census, she was born in 1856 and lived in Genoa in Hamilton County. <br />
Type
Sound
Item ID
T76-11
Amigo Male Singers

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: School Tape

238385
Date
1984-05-27
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording (24:21 minutes). A collection of several radio stories that was sent to Florida schools. Includes Fred Beaver talking about the Suwannee River; Story of Oh! Suzanna; Mark Moore; Story of Tioga Waltz (Foster's first song); Music by the Amigo Male Singers; Story of Josie Billie; Tininkling by David and Estrella Larioza; and tall tales by Lem Griffis. These programs were created in the early 1960s by the Stephen Foster Memorial to promote the park and its activities, as well as to educate the public about Stephen Foster and Florida folk music.
Type
Sound
Item ID
61-2-8
Amigo Male Singers

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Stephen Foster Week (15-minute version)

241297
Date
Jan 1964
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
63-4-15 (15-minute)
Amigo Male Singers

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Stephen Foster Week (30-minute version)

241302
Date
Jan 1964
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
63-4-15 (30-minute)
Amigo Male Singers

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Four 5-Minute Features

238383
Date
1961
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. (20 minutes). Four short radio stories: 1. A Story and a Song of Yesterday (4:28) -- story on Foster's first composition, Tioga Waltz. 2. A Song of the South (4:30) -- Story about Foster's song, &quot;I am Gonna Ride the Chariot&quot;, with the Amigo Male Singers performing it. 3. A Story of a Song and a Wagon (4:40) -- story behind Foster's &quot;Oh! Suzanna&quot;. 4. Seminole Indian Josie Billie, Story and Song (4:45) -- Animal tale by Seminole storyteller Josie Billie. These programs were created in the early 1960s by the Stephen Foster Memorial to promote the park and its activities, as well as to educate the public about Stephen Foster and Florida folk music.
Type
Sound
Item ID
61-2-5
Amigo Male Singers

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Folk Festival (15-minute version)

238389
Date
1962
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording (15 minutes). A preview radio program for the 1962 Florida Folk Festivals, including performances from the 1961 festival, and discussion by Aubrey Fowler, president of the Florida Folk Festival Assn. These programs were created in the early 1960s by the Stephen Foster Memorial to promote the park and its activities, as well as to educate the public about Stephen Foster and Florida folk music.
Type
Sound
Item ID
61-2-14 (5-inch reel)
Amigo Male Singers

Sunday performances at the 1965 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (reel 1)

239351
Date
1965-05-09
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Boltin served as emcee. The first half of the reel consists of Saturday evening performances.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T77-153c
(Amigo Male Singers)

Sunday performances at the 1959 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)

239476
Date
1959-05-03
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Boltin served as emcee. Detailed information on the performers can be found on the 1959 festival program, located in S 1619, box 1. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br />
Type
Sound
Item ID
T77-87
(Amigo Male Singers)

Thursday evening performances at the 1954 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)

234102
Date
1954-05-07
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. Knott served as the emcee. Detailed information on the performers can be found on the 1954 festival program, located in S 1619, box 1.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T76-3
in the Chariot (Amigo Male Singers)

Pre-selections for the Florida Folk Festival 25th Anniversary album

238742
Date
1954-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. A compilation of Florida Folk Festival recordings for use in creating the 25th anniversary folk festival album. Produced by the FFP staff, the album was produced in honor of the Florida Folk Festival, and covers the years 1952 - 1977. Released in 1981, the final album was culled from the recordings of the Florida Folk Festivals found in S 1576. See notes in S 1579, box 1, folder: 'T83-117 through T83-120' for which reels these selections. were copied from. For a copy of the complete album, see T83-135 and C83-98.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T83-118
Item ID
T83-119
Item ID
T83-120
Amigo Male Singers

Copy of the phonographic album: Florida Folk Festival -- the First 25 Years

238280
Date
1953
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. (Also copied onto audio cassette C83-98) A recording of the 25th anniversary album produced by the FFP staff in honor of the Florida Folk Festival, covering 1952 - 1977. Released in 1981, the album was culled from the recordings of the Florida Folk Festivals found in S 1576. See notes in S 1579, box 1, folder: 'T83-117 through T83-120' for which reels these selections were copied from.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T83-135
Amigo Male Singers

Shall We Gather At The River: African-American Sacred Music from the Florida Folklife Collection

253651
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
This disc highlights Florida’s African American religious music traditions. The collection features both nationally recognized acts and previously unknown local artists, including the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the Versiteers, and the Amigo Male Singers. Download the disc as a ZIP file containing 320kBps MP3s. Contact the State Archives of Florida to request a complimentary CD. Liner Notes Christian sacred music is performed by African-Americans in a variety of social contexts, which range from informal unaccompanied singing, to spirited church meetings, to gospel concerts by professional artists. Like its secular counterparts such as jazz, blues, and various other popular music forms, the music combines African and European influences to create unique and compelling musical expressions. The tradition of lining hymns, as demonstrated in the rendition of "The Peaceful Death of the Righteous," dates back to the mid 17th century, when slaves (and many whites) could not read and hymnals were scarce. Similarly, shape-note singing takes its name from the use of note heads of various geometrical shapes to teach the vocal parts to those who could not read standard musical notation. It has been part of Florida's musical life since the late 19th century. The clear diction and rather formal sound of the Amigo Male Singers reflect influence by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a popular touring group formed shortly after emancipation to raise funds for Fisk University, and often credited with introducing the Negro spiritual to the general public. Call-and-response is an important element of music with African roots and is employed on this recording by smaller groups as well as by large ensembles, such as the Antioch Junior Choir, and in congregational singing, such as the selections by the Testerina Primitive Baptist Church and the members of the Madison County Senior Center. Florida was and remains an important destination for professional gospel touring groups. The Dixie Hummingbirds (Pennsylvania), the Religionaires (Georgia), and the Cisrow Family Gospel Allstars (New Jersey), as well as Florida groups the Washington Sisters and the Versiteers, were recorded at a 1985 concert in Orlando which paid tribute to Otis Jackson, a gospel deejay, composer, and performer with strong ties to Orlando and Jacksonville. These groups performed in the gospel "quartet" style, which saw its heyday in the 1940s through the 1960s. The Georgia Sea Island Singers are known for their repertoire of old-time spirituals, which have been handed down among the Gullah people of coastal Georgia for generations. This recording emphasizes older musical forms; however, many African-Americans constantly re-shape their sacred music to reflect contemporary cultural contexts, yet maintain connected to deep traditional roots. Today, millions of Floridians of African descent continue to express their faith, trials, and triumphs through a rich variety of Christian sacred music. -Robert L. Stone, Outreach Coordinator, Florida Folklife Program 1. Amazing Grace - Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven-Shape Note Singing Convention (download) Recorded: May 18, 1980 by Dwight DeVane (Florida Folklife Program) Florida Record Project Crestview, Florida (S 1576, reel T83-83) 2. I've Got Heaven On My Mind - Hickory Bottom Harmoneers (download) Recorded: May 1, 1955 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1955 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T76-12B) 3. Babylon Is Falling Down - Deacon Dan Smith with Nick Hallman & the Georgia Sea Island Singers (download) Recorded: August 30, 1975 (Stephen Foster Center) 1975 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T79-18) 4. I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand - The Cisrow Gospel Allstars (download) Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program) Golden Gospel Concert Orlando, Florida (S 1576, reel T85-151) 5. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well - The Versiteers (download) Recorded: May 27, 1995 (Florida Folklife Program) 1995 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, tape D95-41) 6. Soon I Will Be Done - Amigo Male Singers (download) Recorded: May 2, 1958 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1958 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-68) 7. Wasn't That a Mystery - Madison County Senior Center (download) Recorded: April 19, 1983 by Nancy Nusz (Florida Folklife Program) Rural Folks Arts in Education Madison County Senior Citizen Center Madison, Florida (S 1576, tape C84-58) 8. Excerpt from church service - Testerina Primitive Baptist Church (download) Recorded: May 11, 1980 by Dwight DeVane & Doris Dyen (Florida Folklife Program) Florida Record Project Seville, Florida (S 1576, reel T83-89) 9. Daniel in the Lion's Den - Bessie Jones and The Georgia Sea Island Singers (download) Recorded: August 29, 1975 (Stephen Foster Center) 1975 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T79-15) 10. I'm In His Care - The Washington Singers (download) Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program) Golden Gospel Concert Orlando, Florida (S 1576, reel T85-151) 11. Jesus Be a Fence Around Me - Antioch Junior Choir (download) Recorded: May 1970 (Stephen Foster Center) 1970 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-214) 12. Jesus is Coming Soon - Dixie Hummingbirds (download) Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program) Golden Gospel Concert Orlando, Florida (S 1576, reel T85-153) 13. Come and Go To That Land - The Religionaires (download) Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program) Golden Gospel Concert Orlando, Florida (S 1576, reel T85-152) 14. The Peaceful Death of the Righteous - Troy Demps, James Robinson, & Frank Spaulding (download) Recorded: May 28, 2004 (Florida Park Service) 2004 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida Library Folklife Program (S 2034, tape CD04-91) 15. There's a Bright Side Somewhere - Reatha Pearl Marshall (download) Recorded: September 5, 1976 (Stephen Foster Center) 1976 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-255)
Type
Sound
of the Amigo Male Singers reflect

Music from the Florida Folklife Collection

253048
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
From "Shove It Over," a WPA recording of a work song performed by Zora Neale Hurston, to "Orange Blossom Special," performed by Gamble Rogers and Will McLean, this CD spans 50 years of Florida folk music. Download the disc as a ZIP file containing 320kBps MP3s. Contact the State Archives of Florida to request a complimentary CD. Liner Notes 1. What is Folklife - State Folklorist Peggy Bulger (download) Excerpt from a public radio interview Recorded: August 18, 1982 by Landon Walker (Florida Folklife Program) White Springs, Florida (S 1576, tape C83-58) 2. Black Mountain Rag - White Springs F.F.A. String Band (download) Recorded: May 5, 1956 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1956 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-45) 3. Alma, Corazon, y Vida - Franco Manolo, Hilda Gonzalez, Nelson Zuleto (download) Recorded: September 12, 1985 by Laurie K. Sommers (Florida Folklife Program) Miami-Dade Folklife Survey Miami, Florida (S 1576, reel T86-76) 4. Shove It Over - Zora Neale Hurston Recorded: June 18, 1939 by Stetson Kennedy and Herbert Halbert (Works Progress Administration) (download) WPA Florida Folklife Project Jacksonville, Florida (S 1576, reel T86-243) 5. Orange Blossom Special - Gamble Rogers with Will McLean (download) Recorded: May 25, 1982 (Florida Folklife Program) 1982 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T83-31) 6. Old Country Church - Marvin and Doris Lacy (download) Recorded: May 5, 1957 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1957 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-62) 7. Something's Got a Hold of Me - Ida Goodson (download) Recorded: August 21, 1980 by Doris Dyen (Florida Folklife Program) West Florida Folklife Survey Pensacola, Florida (S 1576, reel T80-87) 8. Welcome to Rainbow Springs - Rainbow Springs Boat Captain Skipper Lockett (download) Recitation of a glass bottom boat tour Recorded: May 4, 1956 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1956 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-41) 9. La Viya - Rasta Samba Gynin (download) Haitian Rastafarian group recorded during fieldwork in Miami Recorded: August 8, 1985 by Laurie K. Sommers (Florida Folklife Program) Miami-Dade Folklife Survey Miami, Florida (S 1576, T86-56) 10. Understanding Folklife - Folklorist John Marshall (download) Excerpt from a public radio interview Recorded: June 30, 1982 by Landon Walker (Florida Folklife Program) White Springs, Florida (S 1576, tape C83-59) 11. Camilia la Tejana - Mariachi Jalisco (download) Recorded: September 4, 1986 by Nancy Nusz (Florida Folklife Program) Miami-Dade Folklife Survey Miami, Florida (S 1576, reel T86-78) 12. Arkansas Traveler - Archie Lee (download) Recorded: May 5, 1956 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1956 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-48) 13. That Old Time Religion - Julia Dawson (download) A former slave recounts her life and sings Recorded: May 1, 1955 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1955 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T76-11) 14. Just Got Married - Little Benny Cox and the Suwannee River Jamboree Boys (download) Recorded: May 3, 1955 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1955 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T76-36) 15. Sissy in the Barn - Carver Elementary School (download) Recorded: May 6, 1954 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1954 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T76-1) 16. Alligator Dance - Billy Bowlegs III (download) Recorded: May 8, 1954 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1954 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T76-6) 17. I'm Going to Die with the Staff in My Hand - The Amigo Male Singers (download) Recorded: May 2, 1958 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1958 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-68) 18. El Gavilan Cjaropo - Jesus Rodriguez (download) Performing on the Venezuelan harp at his home Recorded: August 21, 1985 by Laurie K. Sommers (Florida Folklife Program) Miami-Dade Folklife Survey Miami, Florida (S 1576, reel T86-77) 19. That's Alright - Johnny Brown (download) Recorded: May 10, 1978 by Brenda McCallum, (Florida Folklife Program) North Florida Folklife Project St. Petersburg, Florida (S 1576, reel T81-316) 20. Which Way Did My Baby Go - Moses Williams (download) Recorded: May 29, 1978 (Florida Folklife Program) 1978 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T80-36) 21. Where Could I Go But to the Lord - Progressive Seven Shaped Note Singers (download) Recorded: May 18, 1980 by Dwight Devane (Florida Folklife Program) Florida Record Project Crestview, Florida (S 1576, reel T83-85) 22. Devil's Dream - Mac Criswell, Lee Pancratz, Dixon Hook, Broward Barrs, Frank Noegel (download) Recorded: May 3, 1957 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center) 1957 Florida Folk Festival White Springs, Florida (S 1576, reel T77-57)
Type
Sound
Folklife Collection

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