Brother John Sellers

Profile:
Brother John Sellers (May 27, 1924, Clarksdale, Mississippi – March 27, 1999, Manhattan) was an American gospel and folk singer.

Sellers played in gospel tent shows while young. He was discovered by Mahalia Jackson, who brought him to Chicago to perform with her. In the 1950s he began playing secular music, and recorded his first album in 1954 for Vanguard Records. While on tour in Europe he recorded with Big Bill Broonzy; he also plays on the Ella Jenkins record A Long Time to Freedom.

Later in the 1950s Sellers relocated to New York City, where he became active on the folk revival scene of Greenwich Village. He started a longtime partnership with Alvin Ailey, working with him on dance performances such as "Revelations" and "Blues Suite". Sellers was involved in the Broadway production of Tambourines to Glory by Langston Hughes, and performed at appearances by Studs Terkel.
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Artist

Albums

VRS 8005, VRS-8005 Brother John Sellers - Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs album art Brother John Sellers Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs (Album) Vanguard, Vanguard VRS 8005, VRS-8005 US 1954 Sell This Version
VRS 7022 Brother John Sellers - Jack Of Diamonds album art Brother John Sellers Jack Of Diamonds (Album) Vanguard VRS 7022 US 1954 Sell This Version
TFL 6005, TFL.6005 Brother John Sellers - Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs album art Brother John Sellers Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs (Album) Vanguard TFL 6005, TFL.6005 UK 1958 Sell This Version
FPX 149 Brother John Sellers - "Brother" John Sellers album art Brother John Sellers "Brother" John Sellers(LP) Columbia FPX 149 France 1958 Sell This Version
TS 101 Brother John Sellers - "Big Boat Up The River" album art Brother John Sellers "Big Boat Up The River" (Album) Monitor Records (2) TS 101 France 1959 Sell This Version
MF 335 Brother John Sellers - Baptist Shouts And Gospel Songs album art Brother John Sellers Baptist Shouts And Gospel Songs (Album) Monitor Records (2) MF 335 US 1960 Sell This Version
AHS 850 Brother John Sellers - A Long Time album art Ella Jenkins With Joseph Brewer And Brother John Sellers And Guy GIlbert Ella Jenkins With Joseph Brewer And Brother John Sellers And Guy GIlbert - A Long Time (Album) Asch Records AHS 850 US 1970 Sell This Version
VMD 8005 Brother John Sellers - Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs album art Brother John Sellers Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs(CD) Vanguard VMD 8005 US 2006 Sell This Version
LL.1705 Brother John Sellers - Brother John Sellers In London album art Brother John Sellers Brother John Sellers In London (Album) London Records LL.1705 US Unknown Sell This Version
142190 Brother John Sellers - A Liturgy Of Traditional Jazz At The Spencer Memorial Church album art Rev. Don Roper, Brother John Sellers, The Southampton Dixie, Racing, & Clambake Society Jazz Band Rev. Don Roper, Brother John Sellers, The Southampton Dixie, Racing, & Clambake Society Jazz Band - A Liturgy Of Traditional Jazz At The Spencer Memorial Church(LP, Album) Division of Mass Media United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. 142190 US Unknown Sell This Version
AVRS 9023 Brother John Sellers - Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs album art Brother John Sellers Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs(LP, Album) Amadeo AVRS 9023 Austria Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4114 Brother John Sellers - Rockin' Mama Blues / Mirror Blues album art John Sellers* Rockin' Mama Blues / Mirror Blues(Shellac, 10") Queen (5) 4114 US 1945 Sell This Version
108 Brother John Sellers - Let Us Run While The Sun Is Shining / My Crown album art Brother John Sellers Let Us Run While The Sun Is Shining / My Crown(Shellac, 10") Chicago (2) 108 US 1945 Sell This Version
4498 Brother John Sellers - Don't Knock At My Door / Turn The Lights Down Low album art Johnny Sellers* Don't Knock At My Door / Turn The Lights Down Low(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 4498 US 1952 Sell This Version
Ch 1120 Brother John Sellers - Rock Me In The Cradle / Josie Jones album art Johnny Sellers* Rock Me In The Cradle / Josie Jones(Shellac, 10", Promo) Chance Records (3) Ch 1120 US 1952 Sell This Version
CH-1138 Brother John Sellers - Newport News / Mirror Blues album art Johnny Sellers*, King Kolax Orchestra Johnny Sellers*, King Kolax Orchestra - Newport News / Mirror Blues(Shellac, 10") Chance Records (3) CH-1138 US 1953 Sell This Version
ESDF 1157 Brother John Sellers - Blues And Spirituals album art Brother John Sellers Blues And Spirituals (EP) Columbia ESDF 1157 France 1957 Sell This Version
DFE 6457 Brother John Sellers - In London album art Brother John Sellers In London (EP) Decca DFE 6457 UK 1957 Sell This Version
EB-1095 Brother John Sellers - Shakin That Thing album art Brother John Sellers And His Tambourine*, Sonny Archer, Soul Sister Caldonia Brother John Sellers And His Tambourine*, Sonny Archer, Soul Sister Caldonia - Shakin That Thing(7") Ebony Records (4) EB-1095 US 1959 Sell This Version
MMF 1040 Brother John Sellers - Busy Bootin And You Can't Come In album art Cal "Caldonia" Palmer*, Brother John Sellers Cal "Caldonia" Palmer*, Brother John Sellers - Busy Bootin And You Can't Come In(7") Ebony Records (4) MMF 1040 US 1959 Sell This Version
EPP 14002 Brother John Sellers - Blues and Spirituals album art Brother John Sellers Blues and Spirituals(7", EP, Mono) Vanguard EPP 14002 UK Unknown Sell This Version