“Amen” – Remembering Jester Hairston

I was “thumbing” through the electronic files from my original Folk Music Notebook (all of my original blog entries have been imported to this new blog at Sing Out! Magazine’s website) when I came across a story that stirred up some fond memories of my childhood, a movie, a song and the special man who wrote it.

Please click on the link below for a story about the late Jester Hairston, composer of the spiritual “Amen” which was used to great effect in the 1963 movie “Lillies of the Field”

CLICK :  “AMEN” and Jester Hairston

About Ron Olesko

For over 40 years, Ron has been a radio programmer with WFDU-FM in Teaneck, New Jersey. He created WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS in 1980, a show that he continues to host and produce every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6pm Eastern Time. He's the president of and booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to Sing Out! as well as the host of the Folk Music Notebook blog on this site. Ron can also be found emceeing concerts and festivals around the NYC/NJ area. A lifelong Mets fan and a rabid soccer geek, Ron is a Red Bull season ticket holder since their inception and will most likely be in his seat when not in the studio.

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