Jester Hairston (Composer)
Born: 9th July 1901, Belews Creek, North Carolina, United States
Died: 18th January 2000, Los Angeles, California, United States
Jester Joseph Hairston was an American composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor. He was regarded as a leading expert on Negro Black spirituals and choral music. His notable compositions include "Amen," a gospel-tinged theme from the film Lilies of the Field and a 1963 hit for The Impressions, and the Christmas song "Mary's Boy Child".