Artist: Tom Verlaine

About The Artist:

“Tom Verlaine and Television were for me the most inspiring: They were not glamorous, they were human.” (Patti Smith in a recent interview for New York magazine) An accurate description of Tom Verlaine’s career would read much like a thesaurus entry for influential. He has truly shaped the sound of modern music, from his early days with the Neon Boys and Television, throughout his solo career, and most recently as the guitarist in Patti Smith’s band. Always ahead of the curve, Tom’s influence is immeasurable throughout the rock world with bands as diverse as The Strokes and Dos claiming him as an influence. No one, however, has been able to replicate his sounds, from delicate lace like details to soaring and singing lines. It’s hard to describe without a slew of superlatives.

Song: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Contribution to: Roswell Park Cancer Institute

“Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” (or alternatively “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”) is a well-known African-American spiritual. The song is believed to have been composed by slaves in the first half of the nineteenth century. Some references suggest that it was copyrighted by Jay Roberts in 1865. The first recorded version was by Harrod’s Jubilee Singers, on Paramount Records #12116, in 1922 (though some sources suggest 1924). Later recordings include those by Paul Robeson (1925), Mahalia Jackson (1958), Elvis Presley (1960), Cassandra Wilson (1995) and Hugh Laurie (2011).

About Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) was America’s first cancer center, founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park. His revolutionary model of a ‘multidisciplinary approach’ to cancer – with scientists and clinicians working in concert and in consult – has become the standard by which all modern-day comprehensive cancer centers are measured. RPCI is among the first and only upstate New York facility to hold the National Cancer Institute designation of “comprehensive cancer center” and to serve as a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Many RPCI faculty serve on the NCCN panels that create the Clinical Practice Guidelines in OncologyTM – the internationally recognized standards for clinical policy in oncology, and the most comprehensive, most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine.

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

by Tom Verlaine