Washington Phillips

Vocals, Manzarene

Date of Birth:  January 11, 1980    Simsboro, Texas

Date of Death:  September 20, 1954    Teague, TX

Place of Burial:  Cotton Gin Cemetery

                         US 84 to FM 1366 N to CR 930 East

                         Teague, TX

                         31° 40' 48" N / 96° 5' 45" W

Has Marker:  No

Grave Location:  Unknown


The Key To The Kingdom, Yazoo (2073)

Washington Phillips And His Manzarene Dreams, Dust-To-Digital (DTD 49)


Barkley, Ron et al. The Handbook of Texas Music. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2003.

Burke, Daniel. "Album offers new clues about 'gospel's great disappearing act'," cnn.com, Monday, December 12, 2016. 

     https://www.cnn.com/2016/12/07/living/washington-phillips/index.html. Accessed January 26, 2018.

Cohn, Lawrence. Nothing But the Blues. New York: Abbeville Press, 1993.

Corcoran, Michael. All Over the Map – True Heroes of Texas Music. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

______. "Washington Phillips, a son of freed slaves, created sacred porch songs for the ages."  http://www.michaelcorcoran.net/archives/5731.

     Accessed February 21, 2018.

______. “Exhuming the legend of Washington Phillips.” http://www.michaelcorcoran.net/archives/1430. Accessed April 19, 2017.

______. Liner notes, Washington Phillips And His Manzarene Dreams, Dust-To-Digital (DTD 49), 2017.

Davis, Francis. The History of The Blues. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

Govenar, Alan and Jay Brakefield. Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2013.

Koster, Rick. Texas Music. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Larkin, Colin. The Virgin Encyclopedia Of The Blues. London: Virgin Books, 1998.

Miner, Gregg and Kelly Williams. "The Instruments of Washington Phillips," minermusic.com, May 2003.

     http://www.minermusic.com/dolceola/phillips_instruments.htm. Accessed, January 26, 2018.

Petrusich, Amanda. "Some Of Us Are Haunted By Washington Phillips," The New Yorker, August 20, 2016. 

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/some-of-us-are-haunted-by-washington-phillips. Accessed February 21, 2018.

Rolf, Julia (Ed.). The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Jazz & Blues. London: Flame Tree Publishing, 2007.

Uzzel, Robert L. Blind Lemon Jefferson. Fort Worth: Eakin Press, 2002.

van Rijn, Guido. The Truman and Eisenhower Blues. New York: Continuum, 2004.

Photos: courtesy cnn.com, Cemetery entrance/Texas Historical marker by the author

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