Historic Markers Across Georgia

Thomas Andrew Dorsey

Marker ID:  
Location: Amphitheater on N. Carroll Rd, Villa Rica, GA
County: Carroll
Coordinates: N 33° 43.914    W 084° 55.207
  33.7319    -84.92011666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Thomas Andrew Dorsey Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Thomas Andrew Dorsey

Thomas Andrew Dorsey was born July 1, 1899, in Villa Rica. He learned to play the piano as a young man. His blues style combined with southern Christian praise songs earned him the title "The Father of Gospel Music."

His best known compositions were " Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and " Piece in the Valley," though he is credited with over 400 blues and jazz songs.

In 2002, the Library of Congress honored his album, Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A Dorsey, by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry.