IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Instrument Performer, Actor
B.Mus., Stanford University (1975).
M.A. in Folklore, University of California, Berkeley (1979), including studies with composer Olly Wilson and folklorist Alan Dundes.
As Long As I Can Dance
Be Who You Are
Boyís Alright With Me
Come Home With Me
Donít Throw That Candy Wrapper
Everything You Touch
Hold On To Your Dream
(recorded, see Discography)
I Canít See Myself Without You
Iím Not Your Fool Anymore
If I Thought I Stood A Chance
Impatient For Luck
It Didnít Take Long At All
Just An Ordinary Love
Keep A Little For Yourself
Love Me Now
Money In The Bank
Music Pulls Me Through
My Life In Pictures
No Time For Tears
Nothing Else Is San Francisco
Old Tune For New Times
Peace In Your Heart
Plus Ca Change
Quincy Jones List
Rich Manís Son
Rock And Roll For Breakfast
Sing For Me
Somebody Heard My Cry
Someone Is Watching Over Me
Stop Before You Drop
Tell Me What I Wanna Hear
The Man Who Really Loves Me
The World That I See
What Goes Round Comes Round
What Would I Do
When Do I Get To Have My Dreams
When I Finally Fall In Love
Women In Distress
Ya Gotta Know Somethiní (ĎBout History)
(recorded, see Discography)
You Can Make A Difference
Youíre Always Welcome
Various unfinished songs
The Grinning Black Mask: Afro-Americans & 19th Century Minstrelsy, University of California, Berkeley (1977).
The Hope of a Song: An Interpretation of the Meaning of Blues and Spirituals, dissertation thesis for M.A. in Folklore, University of California, Berkeley (1979).
Two Sides (independently produced cassette, 1984).
The World That I See (independently produced cassette, 1993).
Children of the Night (cassette) in association with the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention.
Ya Gotta Know Somethiní ĎBout History (Parts I & II); Hold On To Your Dream, performed by Kerrigan Black. (educational cassette, Heebie Jeebie Music, 1991).
The World That I See (posthumously released cassette, Heebie Jeebie Music, year?).
Tryiní To Get Home: A History of African American Song. Live performance written and performed by Kerrigan Black.
O Freedom (spiritual) - All Hid (childrenís game song) - John Henry (folk ballad) - Nobody (minstrel song) - Something Doing (ragtime) - St. Louis Blues (blues) - It Donít Mean A Thing (jazz) - Weary (Broadway) - In The Still Of The Night (early rockíníroll) - How Sweet It Is - My Girl -The Tracks Of My Tears - Stop! In the Name of Love (Motown medley) - Home (Broadway) - Climbing Higher Mountains (Tryiní to Get Home) (gospel).
(video, Heebie Jeebie Music, 1993)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: African American Spirituals and the Crisis of AIDS. Written and performed by Kerrigan Black.
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Didnít My Lord Deliver Daniel? - Oh Freedom - Traveling Shoes - Soon I Will Be Done - This Little Light of Mine.
(video, Heebie Jeebie Music, 2000)
To Marlon with Love (1992), a tribute to Marlon Riggs which includes some clips of Kerrigan Black talking and singing one of his songs. (In archives at Stanford University).
JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas, Volume One: Ragtime Piano, "Something Doing," Kerrigan Black.
Featured singer in the documentary Tongues United by Marlon Riggs.
- Interviewed along with his father, Timuel D. Black, in The Great Divide by Studs Terkel. Cassettes of interviews in archive at Stanford University.
- Obituary, San Francisco Examiner, March 12, 1993.
- "Compassionate Music: Heebie Jeebie Music Lives On After the Death of Founder Kerrigan Black," by Chael Needle, Art & Understanding Magazine, January 2001.
The Kerrigan Black Show is a weekly half-hour television series of African-American music and commentary, begun in January 1992 on Bay Cablevision Network.
Kerrigan Black Scholarship Fund established at the Kozminski Academy on Chicagoís South Side for graduating eighth grade students.
PERFORMING RIGHTS AFFILIATION:
Heebee Jeebie Music (see Musical Executor)
Heebee Jeebie Music
2727 S. E. Alder Street
Portland, OR 97234
The Kerrigan Black Papers
Department of Special Collections
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/ (search "Catalog")