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DAT-1002.08 Willie White Jr., July 15, 2003

 File — Box: 2, Folder: 6
Collection number: Folder 6

Scope and Contents

Name of person(s) interviewed: Willie White, Jr.

Fieldworker: Timothy C. Prizer

Date of interview: 15 July 2003

Location of interview: Solid Rock Holiness Church in Hoboken, Georgia

Other people present: For a short time, a woman and her son and daughter (all members of the congregation) joined White and the fieldworker in the otherwise vacant sanctuary. The young boy is in his early teens, and he plays keyboards and drums during Sunday services. On this recording, he accompanies White on drums for two of the songs.

Brand of tape recorder: Sony DAT Walkman AVLS (TCD-D8)

Brand and type of tape: MASTERDAT R-124MD

Tape Number: 03.5 (Fieldworker’s designation)


As with most Digital Audio Tape recordings, this one is of splendid sound quality. Far superior to regular cassette tapes, the DAT recorder makes all the difference in the world. White’s voice, both when speaking and when singing, comes through with superb clarity, and his guitar also wonderfully balanced in the mix. The only background noise to speak of is the aforementioned drumming (which actually sounds quite nice) and the brief rustling of the two teenage siblings who entered the church with their mother and stayed for approximately 20 minutes.


Willie White speaks of his musical past, from listening to his father blow the harmonica as a small child and hearing his mother sing spirituals at dawn to singing in the turpentine woods and later (and presently) directing the choir at his church. Additionally, he sings and plays guitar on a number of spirituals and gospel tunes, some of them traditional and others that enjoyed some commercial success once upon a time.

Processing Note: Same as CAS-1002.06


  • July 15, 2003

Conditions Governing Access


From the Collection: 40 Boxes

From the Collection: 3 items

From the Collection: 205 Cassettes

From the Collection: 29 Reels

From the Collection: 183 DVDs

From the Collection: 31 Video cassette

From the Collection: 41 Compact Disc


From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
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