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Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams... Book signing is Saturday

?Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams? author Michael Corcoran, will hold a book signing at the Teague Community Center Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Washington Phillips was raised in the Simsboro Community in a Christian home and sang and played gospel music in the early days on the streets of Teague and at gatherings with a musical instrument he deveolped and called his Manzarene. The instrument has been described as two zithers attached together. It was 2? x 3? and about 6 inches deep. The music that came from the Manzarene was a beautiful haunting sound that also had a music box quality that people loved.

In 1927-1929, Mr. Phillips recorded 18 songs for Columbia Records in a makeshift recording studio in Dallas, Texas. Six of those songs were the first and second parts of three two-part songs, intended for opposite sides of one record. Four songs were unreleased at the time and two are thought to have been lost.

The research Mr. Corcoran put into his book about a man who had a calling from God is truly amazing. Autographed books and CD?s of Washington Phillips songs will be available Saturday at the Community Center.

For more information contact Doris Nealy at 254-739-2167 or dnrnealy@gmail.com.

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