Fred Ramsey Songwriter

Charles Frederic Ramsey, Jr. (January 29, 1915, Pittsburgh - March 18, 1995, Paterson, New Jersey) was an American writer on jazz and record producer. Ramsey took his BA at Princeton University in 1936, then took jobs at Harcourt Brace (1936–39), the United States Department of Agriculture (1941–42), and Voice of America (1942). With Charles Edward Smith, Ramsey wrote Jazzmen (1939), an early landmark of jazz scholarship particularly noted for its treatment of the life of King Oliver. After receiving Guggenheim fellowships, he visited the American South in the middle of the 1950s to make field recordings and do interviews with rural musicians, some of which were used in releases by Folkways Records and in a 1957 documentary, Music of the South. He also curated an anthology of early jazz recordings for Folkways, entitled simply Jazz. Ramsey worked with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University from 1970. He researched Buddy Bolden's life with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1974-75 and continued with a Ford Foundation grant in 1975-76. He presented early jazz interviews on National Public Radio in 1987.

Personal details

Date of birth
January 29th, 1915
United States of America
Date of death
March 18th, 1995 at age of 80
Place of death
Places lived
New Jersey , United States of America
pop. 8,899,339 (2013)


1. Princeton University Colleges/University

- 1936 Bachelor's degree

Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

Institution info

Type Private university
2013. 17.7 bil. $
2011. 17.1 bil. $
Institution colors
1 Nassau Hall, 08544 - Princeton, New Jersey
2013. 5,323
2012. 5,336
2011. 5,249
2010. 5,142
2009. 5,069
2013. 2,691
2012. 2,674
2011. 2,610
2010. 2,582
Acceptance rate
2014. 7.28 %
2013. 7.29 %
2012. 7.4 %
2012. 8.5 %
2010. 8.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 40.2 K $
2012. 39.5 K $
2010. 36.6 K $
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Institution social analysis

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People attended Princeton University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1913., Songwriter
b. 1912., Actor
b. 1912., Politician
b. 1918., Mathematician
b. 1920., Mathematician
b. 1919., Architect
b. 1918., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1912., Politician

Written work


Editions Subjects Co-authors
1939. at New York City (360 pages)
1959. at New York City
United States of America

2.A guide to longplay jazz records

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1954. at New York City (263 pages)

3.Where the music started

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1970. at New Brunswick (34 pages)

Awards won

1953 Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Folklore & Popular Culture
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


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