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musician , composer

John Rosamond Johnson, musician, composer. Served as Second lieutenant 15th Infantry, New York Neuropsychology Group, 1918.; Member United Song Writers’ Society America.; Mason.; Club: Civic.


Johnson, John Rosamond was born on August 11, 1873 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Son of James and Helen Louise (Dillette) Johnson.


Began in music under mother at 4. Student New England Conservatory of Music, and in Europe. Piano with Charles F. Dennee, and Mme.

Dietrich Strong, organ with George Whiting, harmony with Carl Riessman, and Davenport Kerrison, voice with William Dunham and Clarence B. Ashenden. A.M. (honorary). Atlanta J., 1917.


1 daughter, Mildred Louise. Professional debut, Boston, 1894. Supervisor music public schools, Jacksonville, Florida, 1896-1898.

Toured in vaudeville in the United States and Europe. Director music Hammerstein Opera House, London, 1912-1913, School Settlemnet for Colored People, New York City, since 1914, also trustee same. Director singing orchestra for Mistress Emelie Hapgood’s Colored Players, Garden and Garrick theatres, New New York.


  • Other Work

    • Composer of music for Cole and Johnson’s Shoo-Fly Regiment, Red Moon, Bert William’s Mr. Load of Koal, also arrangements of Negro spirituals and over 300 popular songs. Joint composer of comic operas, Humpty Dumpty, Sleeping Beauty and the Beast.

      Collaborated with Louis Hirsh in Come Over Here. Arranger of the Book of American Negro Spirituals. Made sub-chief Iroquois Indian Tribe, 1921.


People need not just to accept but also to grow in relationship with God. God's grace and love constantly prompts and seeks to transform us, and so we should continually seek and pray to grow in holiness and love.


All human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty, then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends.


People are called to love God not only with their hearts, but also with their minds. All things should be considered through the light of reason. In order to do that, it is necessary to become aware of different points of view and be able to develop critical thinking in relation to any political or social problem.


Served as Second lieutenant 15th Infantry, New York Neuropsychology Group, 1918. Member United Song Writers’ Society America. Mason.; Club: Civic.


Married Nora Ethel Floyd, July 3, 1913.

James Johnson

Helen Louise (Dillette) Johnson

Nora Ethel Floyd