Glory Road

Posted by ESC on February 01, 2005

In Reply to: Glory Road posted by Duke on February 01, 2005

: Looking for the birthplace and first appearance of this phrase.
: I plan on using this in a forthcoming article about Thanatos.

I'm looking in my references. Without much luck so far. The only "Glory Road" that I know is the hymn:

Jacques Wolfe
b. April 29, 1896, Botoshan, Rumania; d. Miami, FL, USA. Very little is known of his early life. His family emigrated to New York when he was still only a child. As a young man, he studied piano under James Friskin, at New York's Institute of Musical Arts, graduating in 1915. He was a clarinetist in the 50th Infantry band during WW1, and became fascinated with negro songs after being re-assigned to another musical unit in North Carolina. After the war, he did some comprehensive research into Black music in America, even while he was touring the concert stages. He then became a music teacher in the New York high school system. In 1928, he published the two songs with which he is still associated today. "De Glory Road", lyric by Clement Wood. "Short'nin' Bread", lyric by Clement Wood. Currently, musicologists consider this song to be a transcription, inasmuch as authorship is claimed by several (negro) composers. The most plausible being Reese d'Pree, who claimed to have written it in 1905. In any event, it is via Wolfe that the song has become a part of American song repertory.