August 19, 1856, South Hill, New York.
December 21, 1938, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
- B. M. J. (his initials, reversed)
James was the husband of Lucy Love Levan.
He started his musical career with John Howard of New York and Daniel Towner of the Moody Bible Institute.
He moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, around 1881. He was an active member of the Pine Street Methodist Episcopal Church from 1904 until his death, serving as a song leader and Sunday school teacher.
Black also found time to edit a dozen Gospel song books, write almost 1,500 songs, and serve on the commission for the 1905 Methodist hymnal.
His works include:
- Songs of the Soul, with Joseph F. Berry (Cincinnati, Ohio: Cranston & Curtis, 1894)
- Songs of the Soul No. 2 (Cincinnati, Ohio: Curtis & Jennings, 1896)
- The Chorus of Praise (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1898)
- The Epworth Hymnal No. 3 (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1900)
- Praise and Promise, with Charles McCabe (Chicago, Illinois: Robert R. McCabe, 1900)
- Junior Praises (Cincinnati, Ohio: Jennings & Pye, 1901)
- The Gospel Chorus (New York: Eaton & Mains, 1902)
- Songs of Faith and Hope (Cincinnati, Ohio: Curtis & Jennings, 1905)
- Hymns of Worship and Songs of the Gospel (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack, 1906)
- Songs of Faith and Hope Number 2 (Cincinnati, Ohio: Curtis & Jennings, 1909)
- Sacred Praise (Cincinnati, Ohio: Jennings & Graham, 1912)
- New Junior Songs (New York: Methodist Book Concern, 1914)
- Songs of Help (New York: Abingdon Press, 1917)
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