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Ben Bailey

Ben E. Bailey

Ben E. Bailey was born in Durant, Mississippi, on November 19, 1932. He took the B.S. in music education (piano) from Jackson College (now Jackson State University) and the M.M. and Ph.D. in music from Northwestern University in Illinois. His professional career includes teaching music in Holmes County Training School in Durant; Mississippi Industrial College; and Tougaloo College, where he is now Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department.


Nonfiction monographs:

  • Constructing Classroom Tests in Music. Northbrook, Illinois: Whitehall Publishers, 1971.
  • Music in the History of Tougaloo College. Tougaloo, Mississippi: Tougaloo College, 1986.
  • Kermit W. Holly, Sr.: The Unsung Hero. Jackson, Mississippi: Privately published, 1996.

Selected Articles:

  • “Lined Hymns in Mississippi’s Black Churches.” The Organist (June 1979).
  • “The Lined-Hymn Tradition in Black Mississippi Churches.” Black Perspective in Music (Spring 1978).
  • “Music in the Life of a Free Black Man of Natchez.”Black Perspective in Music (Spring 1985).
  • “Opera/South: A Brief History.”Black Perspective in Music (Spring 1985).
  • “The Cotton Blossom singers: Mississippi’s Black Troubadours.” Black Perspective in Music (Fall 1987).
  • “The Red Tops: The Orchestra that Covered the Delta.”Black Perspective in Music (Fall 1988).
  • “Music in Slave Era Mississippi.”The Journal of Mississippi History 54 (February 1992).
  • “The Minstrel Show in Mississippi.” The Journal of Mississippi History (1995).


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