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“Ain't Gonna Study War No More” (1939–1942)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195152722
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849536 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0003
                   “Ain't Gonna Study War No More” (1939–1942)

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Ira Tucker would be as important to the success of the Birds after the 1930s as James Davis had been before. Davis had seen the group through its first decade with his vision and leadership. Ira Tucker would help the group break through on the national scene with his warm personality and singular lead vocal style. Throughout the remainder of the 1930s and into 1941, the Dixie Hummingbirds—James Davis, Barney Parks, Ira Tucker, Jimmy Brown, and Wilson Baker—continued wildcatting. There were some tensions between Parks and Davis stemming from boyhood days, a rift over an old girlfriend, differences about who should be in charge. But they persevered and continued to win successfully over loyal fans in the Southeast. In 1942, however, the group would make a momentous decision that would ultimately put them on the path to national success.

Keywords: Dixie Hummingbirds; Ira Tucker; African American musicians; black gospel music; James Davis; Barney Parks

Chapter.  12136 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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