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Mahalia Jackson

Background information
Birth name Mahalia Jackson
Also known as Halie Jackson
Born October 26, 1911(1911-10-26)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Origin United States
Died January 27, 1972 (aged 60)
Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA
Genre(s) Gospel
Instrument(s) Singer
Years active 19271971
Label(s) Decca Coral
Apollo
Columbia
Associated acts Present "Queen of Gospel Music'Albertina Walker'"Queen of soul"Aretha Franklin'"The story teller"Dorothy Norwood and Della Reese
Website www.mahaliajackson.us

Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911[1]January 27, 1972) was an American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre and is the first "Queen of Gospel Music". Mahalia Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen "golds"—million-sellers. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... NOLA redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Incorporated Village in 1893. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Apollo Records has been the name of at least four different record labels, the first three based in the United States of America. ... Albertina Walker (b. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Della Reese (born Delloresse Patricia Early on July 6, 1931), is a famous American Emmy nominated actor and Grammy nominated singer. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ...

Contents

Early life

Mahalia Jackson grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. The three room dwelling on Pitt Street housed thirteen people. This included Mahalia, whom they affectionately called “Halie” for short after her aunt also named Mahalia, her brother Roosevelt, whom they called Peter, and her mother Charity. Several aunts and cousins lived in the house as well. Family members conferred upon the aunt the title of Aunt Duke. She was rewarded with the name because she held the title of being the “boss” of the family. Carrollton is a neighborhood of uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. It is the part of uptown New Orleans furthest up river from the French Quarter. ... NOLA redirects here. ...


When Halie was born she suffered from a condition known as genu varum or what is commonly called "bowed legs." The doctors wanted to perform surgery by breaking Halie's legs, but one of the resident aunts would not hear of it. So Halie's mother would rub her legs down with greasy dishwater. It never stopped young Halie from performing her dance steps for the white woman her mother and Aunt Bell cleaned house for. Genu varum A deformity marked by medial angulation of the leg in relation to the thigh; an outward bowing of the legs. ...


When Mahalia was six, her mother Charity died. It was a terrible blow to the family especially when the decision came as to who would keep Halie and her brother Peter. Aunt Duke assumed this responsibility, and the children were forced to work from sun-up to sun-down. Aunt Duke would always inspect the house using the "white glove" method. If the house was not cleaned properly, Halie would be beaten with a "cat-o-nine-tails." If one of the other relatives was unable to do their chores, or clean at their job, Halie or one of her cousins was expected to perform that particular task. School was hardly an option. Halie loved to sing and church is where she loved to sing the most. Halie’s Aunt Bell told her that one-day she would sing in front of royalty. Halie would one day see that prediction of her aunts come true. Mahalia Jackson began her singing career at the local Mount Moriah Baptist Church. She was baptized in the Mississippi by Mt. Moriah's pastor, the Rev. E. D. Lawrence, then went back to the church to "receive the right hand of fellowship."


Career

Mahalia Jackson, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1962.
Mahalia Jackson, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1962.

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1920s – 1940s

In 1927, at the age of sixteen, Jackson moved from the south to Chicago, Illinois, in the midst of the Great Migration. After her first Sunday church service, where she had given an impromptu performance of her favorite song, "Hand Me Down My Favourite Trumpet, Gabriel", she was invited to join the Greater Salem Baptist Church Choir and began touring the city's churches and surrounding areas with the Johnson Gospel Singers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups.[2] In 1929 Jackson met the composer Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the Father of Gospel Music. He gave her musical advice, and in the mid-1930s they began a fourteen-year association of touring, with Jackson singing Dorsey's songs in church programs and at conventions. His "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" became her signature song.[3]In 1936 Jackson married Isaac Hockenhull, a graduate of Fisk University and Tuskegee Institute, who was 10 years her senior. Mahalia refused to sing secular music, a pledge she would keep throughout her professional life despite enormous financial inducements to do otherwise; she eventually divorced Isaac in 1941 because of his unrelenting pressure on her to do so. Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Historic Southern United States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The states in blue had the ten largest net gains of African-Americans, while the states in red had the ten largest net losses. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Come on Mama, Do That Dance Georgia Tom Dorsey Yazoo 1041 For the big band trombonist and bandleader, see Tommy Dorsey. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Considered one of the greatest gospel songs ever written, Thomas A. Dorsey wrote this in 1932 after experiencing devastating personal loss with the passing of his wife while giving birth. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... {{THESE FOOLS GOT OWNED Hermosa, Herman and Jefferson Sts. ... There is also the Tuskegee Airmen, a corps of African-American military pilots trained there during World War II Tuskegee University is an American institution of higher learning located in Tuskegee, Alabama. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ...


At age 26, Mahalia's first records were recorded on May 21, 1937 under the Decca Coral label,[4] accompanied by Estelle Allen (piano), in order; "God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares," "My Lord," "Keep Me Everyday," and "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away." Financially, these were not successful, and Decca let her go. In 1947 she signed up with the Apollo label, and in 1948 recorded the William Herbert Brewster song "Move On Up A Little Higher", a recording so popular that stores could not stock enough copies of it to meet demand, selling an astonishing eight million copies.[5] (The song was later honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in (1998)).[6] The success of this record rocketed Mahalia to fame in the U.S. and soon after in Europe. During this time she toured as a concert artist, appearing more frequently in concert halls and less often in churches. As a consequences of this change in her venues, her arrangements expanded from piano and organ to orchestral accompaniments. is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: Grammy Grammy Hall of Fame Award List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients J-P List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients Q-Z Alphabetical listing by title: Categories: Lists | Grammy Hall of Fame Awards ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Other recordings received wide praise, including: "Let the Power of the Holy Ghost Fall on Me" (1949), which won the French Academy's Grand Prix du Disque, and "Silent Night, Holy Night" which became one of the best-selling singles in the history of Norway. When she sang "Silent Night" on Demark's national radio, more than twenty thousand request for copies poured in.[7] Other recordings on the Apollo label; "He Knows My Heart" (1946), "Amazing Grace" (1947), "Tired" (1947), "I Can Put My Trust in Jesus" (1949), "Walk with Me" (1949), "Let the Power of the Holy Ghost Fall on Me" (1949), "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (1950), "The Lord's Prayer" (1950), "How I Got Over" (1951), "His Eye is on the Sparrow" (1951), "I Believe" (1953), "Didn't It Rain" (1953), "Hands on God" (1953), and "Nobody Knows" (1954).[8] Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Académie française (French Academy) is the pre-eminent French learned body on matters pertaining to the French language. ... Silent Night is a traditional and popular Christmas carol. ... Old and new style demarcation points in a home built in 1945. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Amazing Grace (disambiguation). ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Go Tell It on the Mountain is an African-American spiritual dating back to at least 1865 that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Lords Prayer is a song written by Albert Hay Malotte. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... How I Got Over is a gospel hymn composed and published in 1951 by Clara Ward (1924-1973), one of the most famous gospel singers of the 20th-century, and is one of the best-loved musical compositions in the Black gospel repertoire. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... His Eye is on the Sparrow is a traditional gospel spiritual. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1950s – 1970s

In 1950 she became the first gospel singer to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall, and started touring Europe in 1952, and was hailed by critics as the "world's greatest gospel singer". In Paris she was called the Angel of Peace, and throughout the continent she sang to capacity audiences. Mahalia's career in the late 1950s and early 1960s continued to rise. She began a radio series on CBS and signed to Columbia Records in 1954. Down Beat music magazine stated on November 17, 1954: "It is generally agreed that the greatest spiritual singer now alive is Mahalia Jackson."[9] Her debut album for Columbia was The World's Greatest Gospel Singer, recorded in 1955, followed by Bless This House in 1956. However, with her mainstream success came an inevitable backlash from gospel purists who felt she had watered down her sound for popular accessibility. Jackson had many notable accomplishments during this period, including her performance of many gospel songs in the 1958 film, St. Louis Blues, and singing "Trouble of the World" in 1959's Imitation of Life; recording with Percy Faith. She was the first gospel singer to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 (Newport 1958), and also performed in 1959. In 1961 she sang at U.S. President John F. Kennedy inauguration. She recorded her first Christmas album Silent Night (Songs for Christmas) in 1962. Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the state. ... Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Down Beat is an American magazine devoted to jazz. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ... A number of short and feature films have been entitled . ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Imitation of Life is a 1959 film directed by Douglas Sirk, adapted from Fannie Hursts novel Imitation of Life, produced by Universal as a vehicle for Lana Turner. ... Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a band-leader, orchestrator and composer, known for his arrangements of standard tunes with lush string sections and female chorus vocal and wordless. ... The Newport Jazz Festival is a music festival held every August in Newport, Rhode Island. ... Jan. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At the March on Washington in 1963 she sang in front of 250,000 people "I've Been 'Buked, and I've Been Scorned", in which Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. She also sang "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at the funeral of her friend Martin Luther King, Jr. She sang at the 1964 New York World's Fair and was accompanied by "wonderboy preacher" Al Sharpton.[10] She toured Europe again in 1962 (Recorded Live in Europe 1962), 1963-1964, 1970, and performed in Africa, Japan, and India. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ... Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Considered one of the greatest gospel songs ever written, Thomas A. Dorsey wrote this in 1932 after experiencing devastating personal loss with the passing of his wife while giving birth. ... Martin Luther King Jr. ... View of the New York Worlds Fair 1964/1965 as seen from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. ... Alfred Charles Al Sharpton Jr. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Her last album was Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (1969). She ended her career in 1971 with a concert in Germany, and when she returned made one of her final television appearances on The Flip Wilson Show. Jackson devoted much of her time and energy to helping others, and she established the Mahalia Jackson Scholarship Foundation for young people who wanted to attend college. For her efforts in helping international understanding she received the Silver Dove Award. Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Flip Wilson in character as Geraldine Jones, on a recently released best of DVD set. ...


Chicago remained her home until the end. She opened a beauty parlor and a florist shop with her earnings, while also investing in real estate ($100,000 a year at her peak).[11] For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ...


Death and legacy

Mahalia Jackson headstone

Mahalia Jackson died in Chicago on January 27, 1972 at age 60 of heart failure and diabetes complications. Two cities paid tribute, outside Chicago's Greater Salem Baptist Church and 50,000 of the people who had known and loved Mahalia Jackson filed silently past her mahogany, glass-topped coffin in final tribute to the queen of gospel song.[12] The next day, as many as could — 6,000 or more — filled every seat and stood along the walls of the city's public concert hall, the Arie Crown Theater of McCormick Place, for a two-hour funeral service. Mahalia's pastor, the Rev. Leon Jenkins, Mayor Richard J. Daley, Mrs. Coretta Scott King eulogized Mahalia during Chicago funeral as "a friend - proud, black and beautiful." Sammy Davis, Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald paid their respects. Dr. Joseph H. Jackson, president of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., of which Mahalia was Official Soloist, delivers the eulogy at Chicago funeral. Aretha Franklin, closes the Chicago rites with moving rendition of Precious Lord, Take My Hand. Three days later, a thousand miles away, the scene repeated itself: again the long lines, again the silent tribute, again the thousands filling, this time, the great hall of the Rivergate Convention Center in downtown New Orleans. Mayor Moon Landrieu, Louisiana Governor John J. McKeithen joined gospel singer Bessie Griffin, Dick Gregory praised 'Mahalia's "moral force" as main reason for her success", and Lou Rawls sang "Just a Closer Walk With Thee". The funeral cortege of 24 limousines drove slowly past her childhood place of worship, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, where her recordings played through loudspeakers, then made its way to Providence Memorial Park in Metairie, Louisiana where, finally, Mahalia was entombed.[13] Despite the inscription of Jackson's birth year on her headstone as 1912, she was actually born in 1911. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Richard Joseph Daley (May 15, 1902 – December 20, 1976) was the longest-serving mayor of Chicago. ... Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was the wife of the assassinated civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Sammy Davis, Jr. ... Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as Lady Ella and the First Lady of Song, is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Considered one of the greatest gospel songs ever written, Thomas A. Dorsey wrote this in 1932 after experiencing devastating personal loss with the passing of his wife while giving birth. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Maurice Edwin Moon Landrieu (born July 23, 1930) is a Democratic politician from Louisiana who served as Mayor of New Orleans from 1970-1978. ... John Julian McKeithen (May 28, 1918 – June 4, 1999) was a Governor of Louisiana. ... Bessie Griffin (July 6, 1922 – April 10, 1989) was a gospel singer who performed briefly with Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker & The Caravans in 1953 but spent most of her career as a solo artist. ... Dick Gregory (1964) Richard Dick Claxton Gregory, (born October 12, 1932) is an African American comedian, social activist, writer, entrepreneur, and nutritionist. ... Louis Allen Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006[1]) was a Chicago-born American soul music, jazz, and blues singer. ... Just a Closer Walk with Thee is an LP album of spiritual songs sung by Patti Page, released by Mercury Records in 1960 under catalog number MG-20573. ... , Metairie (local pronunciations , ) is a suburb of New Orleans. ... “Tombstone” redirects here. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


It is reported that Mahalia's estate was "more than a million dollars," and some estimate that record royalties, TV and movie residuals, and various investments make it worth much more than that the bulk of the estate was left to a number of relatives—many of whom cared for Mahalia during those lean years when she was just another young black girl in the South—one consigned to a life of scrubbing floors and washing clothes. Among principal heirs are relatives, including her half-brother John Johnson, and aunt Hannah Robinson. Neither ex-husbands, Isaac Hockenhull (1936-1941), and Sigmund Galloway (1964-1967), was in her will.[14] Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


The year of her death, Mahalia was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, she was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1978. Mahalia Jackson is widely regarded as the greatest gospel singer in history and one of the voices of the 20th-century. Her music was never played a lot on radio stations except for traditional gospel and traditional Christian stations. Her music was heard for decades on Family Radio, but it was never identified over that group of stations. Indeed, her good friend Martin Luther King said "a voice like hers comes along once in a millennium". In addition to sharing her singing talent with the world, she mentored the extraordinarily gifted Aretha Franklin; she was a close friend of Aretha's father, C. L. Franklin, and a frequent guest in the Franklin home. Mahalia was also good friends with Dorothy Norwood and fellow Chicago-based gospel singer Albertina Walker ( who is the present "Queen of Gospel Music" ), carrying on the legacy and friendships started by Mahalia. She also discovered a young Della Reese. She was present at the opening night of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music in December 1957.[15] The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and... The Gospel Music Association (GMA) was founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of all forms of Gospel music. ... The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, created in 1971 by the Gospel Music Association, is a Hall of Fame dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals in all forms of gospel music. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Family Radio Logotype Family Radio (Family Stations Inc. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Image:Rev. ... Albertina Walker (b. ... Della Reese (born Delloresse Patricia Early on July 6, 1931), is a famous American Emmy nominated actor and Grammy nominated singer. ... The Old Town School of Folk Music is a Chicago teaching and performing institution that launched the careers of many notable folk music artists. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1997, Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "as a pioneer interpreter of gospel music whose fervent contralto was one of the great voices of this century".[16] In addition, Jackson was the first gospel artist to be inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Selective awards and honors

Grammy Award history

Mahalia Jackson Grammy Award History[17][18]
Year Category Title Genre Label Result
1976 Best Soul Gospel Performance "How I Got Over" Gospel Columbia Winner
1972 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award[19] Winner
1969 Best Soul Gospel Performance "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" Gospel Columbia Nominee
1963 Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording, Musical "Make A Joyful Noise Unto The Lord" Gospel Columbia Nominee
1962 Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording "Great Songs Of Love And Faith" Gospel Columbia Winner
1961 Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording "Everytime I Feel the Spirit" Gospel Columbia Winner

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Grammy Hall of Fame

Mahalia Jackson was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance."[20] The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...

Grammy Award Hall of Fame Award
Year Recorded Song Genre Label Year Inducted
1948 "Move On Up A Little Higher"[21] Gospel (Single) Apollo 1998

Honors

Postage Stamp 1998
Mahalia Jackson Honors
Year Category Honor Result Notes
1998 U.S. Postal Service 32¢ Postage Stamp[22] Honored Issued July 15, 1998
1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducted "Early Influence"
1988 Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at 6840 Hollywood Blvd.
1978 Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inducted

Kermit the Frogs star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, created in 1971 by the Gospel Music Association, is a Hall of Fame dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals in all forms of gospel music. ...

Well-known songs

What Child Is This? is a Christmas carol lyrically written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix to the melody of Greensleeves. Although the chorus changes from verse to verse, many recorded versions simply use the first chorus throughout, in part due to the rather unfestive content of the second. ... How I Got Over is a gospel hymn composed and published in 1951 by Clara Ward (1924-1973), one of the most famous gospel singers of the 20th-century, and is one of the best-loved musical compositions in the Black gospel repertoire. ... Autograph of the carol by Gruber Silent Night (Stille Nacht) is a traditional and popular Christmas carol. ... Go Tell It on the Mountain is an African-American spiritual dating back to at least 1865 that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers. ... For other uses, see Amazing Grace (disambiguation). ... Considered one of the greatest gospel songs ever written, Thomas A. Dorsey wrote this in 1932 after experiencing devastating personal loss with the passing of his wife while giving birth. ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ... Remember Me can refer to Remember Me, a Star Trek episode Remember Me, a 2001 release by the band British Sea Power Remember Me, a 2003 release by the band British Sea Power Remember Me (book) A mystery novel by Mary Higgins Clark Remember Me, a 2003 release by the... Joshua, Jehoshuah or Yehoshua. ... The Taking of Jericho, by Jean Fouquet Near central Jericho, November 1996 Jericho (Arabic  , Hebrew  , ʼArīḥā; Standard YÉ™riḥo Tiberian YÉ™rîḫô / YÉ™rîḥô; meaning fragrant.[1] Greek Ἱεριχώ) is a town in Palestine, located within the Jericho Governorate, near the Jordan River. ... The Upper Room can refer to a number of things: The Upper Room, a UK pop music band The Cenacle, site of The Last Supper. ... We Shall Overcome is a protest song that became a key anthem of the US civil rights movement. ... Map of Canaan For other uses, see Canaan (disambiguation). ... Youll Never Walk Alone is a song written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1945 musical, Carousel. ... His Eye is on the Sparrow is a traditional gospel spiritual. ...

In popular culture

In the movie Jungle Fever, the character played by Ossie Davis tries to distract himself from his son Gator's (Samuel L. Jackson) crack cocaine addiction by listening to Mahalia Jackson albums by the hour. Jungle Fever is a 1991 film directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. ... Ossie Davis in The Green Pastures, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1951 Ossie Davis (December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an African American film actor, director and social activist. ... A pile of crack cocaine ‘rocks’. Crack cocaine is a solid, smokeable form of cocaine and is a highly addictive drug popular for its intense psychoactive high. ...


In the 1959 remake of the film Imitation of Life Mahalia Jackson portrays the choir soloist, singing "Trouble of the World" at Annie's funeral. She has no speaking lines, but her singing performance highlights the climactic scene.


In the The Boondocks episode "Return of the King", a still-living Martin Luther King, Jr. laments over losing his iTunes password when he tried to download Mahalia Jackson's catalog. This article is about an animated television series. ... Return of the King is the ninth episode of the Adult Swim animated television series The Boondocks. ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ... This article is about the iTunes application. ...


She is referenced in the Denis Leary song "Elvis & I" when Leary sings "He says what the hell is Lisa Marie thinking with Michael Jackson crap, she should have married Janet or LaToya or Tito or even Mahalia Jackson". Denis Leary (born Denis Colin Leary on August 18, 1957) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, comedian, writer and director. ... Lisa Marie Presley (born February 1, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, actress, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, pop icon, and younger sister of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. ... La Toya Jackson La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956 in Gary, Indiana) is an American singer and the middle child of the Jackson family. ... Toriano Adaryll Tito Jackson (born on October 15, 1953 in Gary, Indiana) is an American singer and guitarist and a charter member of the The Jackson 5. ...


In the 1994 "Wake Up Show Anthem" for the Los Angeles radio station 92.3FM The Beat, the rapper Ras Kass mentioned Jackson in his freestyle verse: "Come equip, your losing your paraphernalia / I'm a hip hop Apostle singing the Gospel like Mahalia Jackson". Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... KHHT is a radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, USA with an Urban Adult Contemporary musical format. ... Ras Kass (born John Austin, on September 26, 1975 in Watts, California) is an American rapper. ... Freestyle rap is an improvisational form of rapping, performed with few or no previously composed lyrics, which is said to reflect a direct mapping of the mental state and performing situation of the artist. ...


She was an early influence on Irish soul singer Van Morrison, whose song "Summertime in England" (from 1980s Common One) refers to her by name: "The voice of Mahalia Jackson came through the ether." George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning Irish singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s. ... Summertime in England is the longest song on Van Morrisons 1980 album, Common One and is approximately 15-1/2 minutes long. ... Common One is an album of Van Morrison, released in 1980. ...


African-American and Wu-Tang Clan member rapper Raekwon in Mobb Deep's song "Eye for an Eye" says, "But still/ write my will out to my seeds then build/ Mahalia sing a tale but the real we still kill." Wu-Tang redirects here. ... Corey Woods (born January 12, 1970), known by his stage name Raekwon, is an American East Coast rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. ... Mobb Deep are a hip hop duo which consists of rappers Havoc and Prodigy. ... Eye for an Eye is a movie starring Sally Field, Keifer Sutherland, Ed Harris, Beverly DAngelo and Joe Mantegna. ...


In the Donna Summer song, "Dinner with Gershwin", she wants to "sing hymns with Mahalia." Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, on December 31, 1948) is a legendary American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on...


Duke Ellington, with whom she occasionally recorded, paid tribute to her on his New Orleans Suite album with the song "Portrait of Mahalia Jackson." This article is about the American Jazz composer and performer. ...


Further reading

  • Tony Heilbut, The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times, Limelight Editions, 1997, ISBN 0-87910-034-6.
  • Horace Clarence Boyer, How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel, Elliott and Clark, 1995, ISBN 0-252-06877-7.
  • Laurraine Goreau, Just Mahalia, Baby, Waco, TX: World Books, 1975.
  • Jesse Jackson, Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord! : The Life of Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel Singers, T.Y. Crowell, 1974.
  • Mahalia Jackson, Movin On Up Hawthorn Books, 1966.
  • Hettie Jones, Big Star Fallin' Mama : Five Women in Black Music, Viking Press, 1974.
  • Jules Schwerin, Got to Tell It : Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel, Oxford Univ. Press, 1992, ISBN 0195071441.
  • Bob Darden, People Get Ready : A New History of Black Gospel Music, New York: Continuum, 2004. ISBN 0826414362
  • Jean Gay Cornell, Mahalia Jackson: Queen of Gospel Song, Champaign, Ill., Garrard Pub. Co., 1974. ISBN 0811645819 oh god

Anthony Heilbut is an American writer, and record producer of gospel music. ... Hettie Jones (born 1934 as Hettie Cohen) is most well-known as the former wife of Amiri Baraka, known as LeRoi Jones at the time of their marriage, but is also a writer herself. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Mahalia Jackson NNDB Profile. NNDB. Retrieved on 2007-05-09.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness (1995), page 2107 - ISBN 1561591769
  3. ^ Lyman, Darryl. Great African-American Women, Jonathan David Company, Inc. (2005), page 132 - ISBN 0824604598
  4. ^ Dixon, Robert M. W. Blues and Gospel Records: 1890-1943, Oxford University Press (1997), page 431 - ISBN 0198162391
  5. ^ Koster, Rick. Louisiana Music: A Journey from R&B to Zydeco, Jazz to Country, Blues to Gospel, Cajun psMusic... (2002), Da Capo Press, page 271 - ISBN 0306810034
  6. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame Award
  7. ^ Stanton, Scott. The Tombstone Tourist: Musicians page 118
  8. ^ Decca/Apollo recordings
  9. ^ Down Beat (1954)
  10. ^ Interview with Al Sharpton, David Shankbone, Wikinews, December 3, 2007.
  11. ^ Time magazine: "Moving On Up" (Monday, February 7, 1972)
  12. ^ EBONY magazine April 1972: Two Cities Pay Tribute To Mahalia Jackson
  13. ^ Providence Memorial Park
  14. ^ EBONY magazine April 1972
  15. ^ Chicago Tribune - Studs Terkel talks about the opening night of the old town school.
  16. ^ Mahalia Jackson Inductee Profile. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  17. ^ Mahalia Jackson Grammy Award History Database
  18. ^ Louisiana Music at the Grammy Awards List
  19. ^ Lifetime Achievement Award List
  20. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame
  21. ^ "Move On Up A Little Higher" song
  22. ^ Mahalia Jackson: 32¢ Postage Stamp

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Mahalia Jackson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (441 words)
Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911–January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre.
Jackson's career in the late 1950s and early 1960s continued to rise when she recorded with Percy Faith, and performed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.
Jackson died in Chicago, Illinois on January 27, 1972 of heart failure and diabetes, at the age of 60.
Mahalia Jackson (1569 words)
Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 26, 1911 or 1912, and died of heart failure in Chicago on January 27, 1972.
Jackson's real ambition after arriving in Chicago was to become a nurse; however, she worked as a laundress and studied beauty culture at Madame C.
Among the friends of Mahalia Jackson were most of her contemporaries in the gospel music field: Roberta Martin, Sallie Martin, Willie Mae Ford Smith, J. Robert Bradley, Robert Anderson, officials of Thomas A. Dorsey's gospel music convention, including the Ward Singers, and Rosetta Tharpe.
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