Friday, February 21, 2014

John Malveaux: William Grant Still was an Orchestrator of a War Dept. Documentary 'The Negro Soldier,' Released 70 Years ago, in 1944

[William Grant Still (Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music, and is used with permission)  William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,]

The Negro Soldier, (1944) 43-minute black and white documentary for the U.S. War Department.  William Grant Still was one of the orchestrators of the music.

John Malveaux of writes:

On February 20, 2014, I attended the 10th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium: "Moving Forward: The State of the Industry." My guest was an emerging film composer Chanda Dancy. The panel of experts discussion and audience Q&A did not reference composers or soundtrack. The past achievements of William Grant Still in film is really astonishing and hopefully will be exceeded some day. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NEGRO SOLDIER. See

John Malveaux

Comment by email:
Good grief! I knew of some but the size of the list really surprises me!!!!!  Mike [Michael S. Wright]

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