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Jester Hairston (Composer)

Born: 9th July 1901, Belews Creek, North Carolina, United States

Died: 18th January 2000, Los Angeles, California, United States

Nationality: American

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".