Born: Jan­ua­ry 1, 1875, Shel­by Coun­ty, Ala­ba­ma.

Died: March 17, 1957, Birm­ing­ham, Ala­ba­ma.

Buried: Mount Era Ce­me­te­ry, Shel­by Coun­ty, Ala­ba­ma.



John was the son of George B. Wash­ing­ton Dye. He mar­ried twice, to Lot­tie Pearl Farr and Geor­gia Ann Arm­strong Farr (Lot­tie’s sis-ter-in-law).

He was edu­cat­ed in the pub­lic schools, and be­gan teach­ing in 1893.

Dye at­tend­ed his first sing­ing school in 1896, and bought a co­py of Sho­wa­lter’s New Har­mo­ny and Ex­po­si­tion. He was so ea­ger to learn mu­sic that he worked out ev­ery ex­er­cise in the book with­out a teach­er.

In 1899 and 1900, he at­tend­ed two ses­sions of John Bow­man’s Am­er­ican Nor­mal School of Mu­sic, re­ceiv­ing a di­plo­ma at his first ses­sion.

He then at­tend­ed a se­ssion of the Sou­thern Nor­mal Mu­sic­al In­sti­tute at Thors­by, Ala­ba­ma, in 1903, re­ceiving a se­cond di­plo­ma there. He be­gan teach­ing mu­sic in 1900.