Martin and Morris Music Company Records, ca. 1930-1985
Martin and Morris Music Company
Morris, Necey Mrs
Morris, Kenneth 1917-
O'Neal Twins, The
Rasberry (Raymond) Singers
Singing Caravan, The
Ward (Clara) Singers, The
8.7 cu. ft.: 27 boxes
Kenneth Morris, original company founder, was a gospel musician, composer, and arranger. Sallie Martin, co-founder of the company, was leader of her own performing group, the Sallie Martin Singers.
Morris's career in the Chicago gospel movement began at the Bowles House of Music, owned by Lillian Bowles, a Chicago publisher; he arranged many songs that later became gospel standards. In 1940 Morris joined Sallie Martin to form the Martin and Morris Studio of Music, the oldest continuously operating Black gospel music publishing firm in the U.S. The company distributed the music of such artists as Andrae Crouch, the Clara Ward Singers, the O'Neal Twins, James Cleveland, The Raymond Rasberry Singers, the Singing Caravan, and Alex Bradford.
Primarily music and music book collections of gospel music published by Martin and Morris Music Company, 1945-65; also correspondence between the company and prospective composers, other company business records, photographs, and advertising ephemera.
Martin and Morris Music Company Records, ca. 1930-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History