Washington Phillips

Washington Phillips

Real Name:
Washington Phillips
Phillips was a pioneering gospel performer in the 1920s. Born January 11, 1880 in Texas, Phillips recorded sixteen songs, some of which amount to highly specific and detailed gospel sermons. The songs were recorded between 1927 and 1929 and feature Phillips' voice self-accompanied by an instrument that sounds like a fretless zither. This instrument, which has been variously identified as a Dolceola, a Celestophone, and a Phonoharp (and also is considered by some to be an instrument entirely home-made by Phillips) creates a unique sound on these recordings that makes them immediately recognizable. Phillips died September 20, 1954 in Teague, Texas, at the age of 74.


Washington Phillips Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

14277-D Washington Phillips Take Your Burden To The Lord And Leave It There / Lift Him Up That's All(Shellac, 10") Columbia 14277-D US 1928 Sell This Version
14448-D Washington Phillips I Am Born To Preach The Gospel / Train Your Child(Shellac, 10") Columbia 14448-D US 1929 Sell This Version
14511-D Washington Phillips I've Got The Key To The Kingdom / A Mother's Last Word To Her Daughter(Shellac, 10") Columbia 14511-D US 1930 Sell This Version
14566-D Washington Phillips The Church Needs Good Deacons / I Had A Good Father And Mother(Shellac, 10") Columbia 14566-D US 1930 Sell This Version
gps12 Washington Phillips Denomination Blues(7", Ltd, Num) The Great Pop Supplement gps12 UK 2007 Sell This Version


AB 2006 Washington Phillips Denomination Blues(LP, Comp, RM) Agram Blues AB 2006 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
2003 Washington Phillips I Am Born To Preach The Gospel(CD, Comp, RM) Yazoo 2003 US 1991 Sell This Version
2073 Washington Phillips The Key To The Kingdom(CD, Comp, RM) Yazoo 2073 US 2005 Sell This Version
Washington Phillips What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? (Comp) Mississippi Records US 2006 Sell This Version
DEATH007 Washington Phillips Washington Phillips(Cass, Album, Comp, Ltd) Death Is Not The End DEATH007 UK 2015 Sell This Version
DTD-49 Washington Phillips Washington Phillips And His Manzarene Dreams(CD, Comp, RM) Dust-to-Digital DTD-49 US 2016 Sell This Version