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Mahalia Jackson "“ A Golden voice

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One of the greatest voices of the twentieth century, Mahalia Jackson died   40 years ago on January 27, 1972. She is probably one of the best known Gospel singers.  “Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.”Mahalia Jackson  

Mahalia Jackson voice is legendary and she had the great distinction of bringing Gospel to audiences not familiar with or segregated from the Black Church and the rich musical heritage that was so much a part of her. She crossed the color line and genre barriers so prevalent in 1950's America.

Singing at Churches in Chicago or at Jazz Festivals or at Carnegie Hall or at the Apollo, Mahalia Jackson became   the Queen of Gospel. Recognized artist, she sang at the White House for the President John F. Kennedy. Close to Martin Luther King and his fight for civil rights, she paid tribute to the pastor at his funeral. Harry Belafonte called her "the single most powerful black woman in the United States". She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen "golds"–million-sellers.


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