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Jester Hairston

Jester Hairston as Henry Van Porter on Amos 'n' Andy show, 1951.
Personal information
Birth nameJester Joseph Hairston
Birth dateJuly 9, 1901
Place of birthBelews Creek, North Carolina,
United States
Date of deathJanuary 18, 2000(age 98)
Death placeLos Angeles, California,
United States
OccupationComposer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, actor
Years active1936 1999
SpouseIsabelle Margaret Swanigan (1912-1986; her death)

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Jester Joseph Hairston (July 9, 1901 January 18, 2000) was an American composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor. 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".

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