NAME: (Timuel) Kerrigan Black

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
August 13, 1953, Chicago, Illinois

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
March 8, 1993, Berkeley, California


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  • 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.

    WORKS:

    SONGS

    Advinzas
    As Long As I Can Dance
    Be Who You Are
    Benediction
    Boyís Alright With Me
    Come Home With Me
    Deception
    Donít Throw That Candy Wrapper
    Everything You Touch
    Goodness Around
    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
    Lazy Day
    Listen
    Love Me Now
    Millie
    Money In The Bank
    Music Pulls Me Through
    Music Talks
    My Dream
    My Life In Pictures
    No Time For Tears
    Nothing Else Is San Francisco
    Offertory
    Old Tune For New Times
    Ordinary Man
    Peace In Your Heart
    Plus Ca Change
    Quincy Jones List
    Raindance
    Rich Manís Son
    Rock And Roll For Breakfast
    Sing For Me
    Small Talk
    Snowflake
    Somebody Heard My Cry
    Someone Is Watching Over Me
    Special Secret
    Stop Before You Drop
    Tell Me What I Wanna Hear
    The Man Who Really Loves Me
    The Outsider
    The Spider
    The World That I See
    This Feeling
    Too Busy
    Too Something
    Wendyís Song
    What Goes Round Comes Round
    What Would I Do
    When Do I Get To Have My Dreams
    When I Finally Fall In Love
    Wish
    Wishful Thinking
    With You
    Women In Distress
    Ya Gotta Know Somethiní (ĎBout History)
         (recorded, see Discography)
    You
    You Can Make A Difference
    Youíre Always Welcome

    UNCOMPLETED WORKS:
    Various unfinished songs

    WRITINGS:
    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).

    DISCOGRAPHY:
    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?).

    VIDEOGRAPHY:
    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.

    OTHER WORKS: Featured singer in the documentary Tongues United by Marlon Riggs.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    • 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.

    OTHER INFORMATION:
    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:
    BMI

    RESOURCES:
    Heebee Jeebie Music (see Musical Executor)

    MUSICAL EXECUTOR:
    Larry Cross
    Heebee Jeebie Music
    2727 S. E. Alder Street
    Portland, OR 97234
    (503) 232-5623
    www.heebiejeebiemusic.com
    cross@heebiejeebiemusic.com

    OTHER CONTACTS:
    Unknown

    ARCHIVES:
    The Kerrigan Black Papers
    Department of Special Collections
    Green Library
    Stanford University Libraries
    Stanford, CA 94305-6004
    (650) 725-1022
    www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/ (search "Catalog")
    speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu

     


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