Letter to Martin & Morris Music
"I am sending you a sample of my songs"
On February 6, 1948, Essie Plunkett of Memphis, Tennessee, sent this letter to the Martin and Morris Music Co. of Chicago. "I am a riter [sic] of gospel songs," writes Mrs. Plunkett. "I have quite a lot of song poems. I would like to get them published." She ends her letter, "looking to hear from you please real soon." Mrs. Plunkett may have contacted Martin and Morris because of its reputation as the only music house that would publish compositions by others than themselves during the heyday years of gospel music (roughly, 1945-65). The company was founded in 1940 and operated until the late 1980s. It was the oldest continually running African American gospel music publishing company in the nation.
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