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Mahalia Jackson

Here is a great song by the fabulous Mahalia Jackson, the world's greatest gospel singer, gifted with an incredibly powerful voice.
Mahalia Jackson (1912 – 1972) was widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre. She grew up in the "Black Pearl" section of the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, and began singing in a Baptist church. In 1927 she moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she sang with The Johnson Brothers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups. The Johnson Brothers broke up in the mid-1930's, and Jackson began her solo career. Jackson soon became a popular concert draw. She experienced a recording hiatus until 1946. In 1948 "Move on up a Little Higher" became a huge success. Jackson rocketed to fame in the U.S. and soon after in Europe. "I Can Put My Trust in Jesus" won a prize from the French Academy, and "Silent Night" was one of the best-selling singles in the history of Norway. She began a radio series on CBS and signed to Columbia Records in 1954. Jackson's career in the late 1950's and early 1960's continued to rise when she recorded with Percy Faith, and performed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. She also sang at the funeral of her friend Martin Luther King, Jr. The late 1960's saw a downturn in her popular success. She ended her career with a concert in Germany in 1971; when she returned, she made one of her final television appearances on The Flip Wilson Show. The year of her death, Jackson 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. It is Mahalia Jackson who discovered Della Reese, who would become one of the most versatile and gifted singers.
Enjoy Mahalia's incredible voice and deepness!

I believe

A great performance with Dinah Shore!
Down by the riverside

2 commentaires:

Anonymous a dit…

Congrats on a great blog and the compilation you have worked hard on. Thanks too for the Tribute to Charlton Heston video you made. I would love to find the album and lyrics of the song interpreted by Mahalia Jackson you so deftly chose! Thanks for any suggestion on its title and where to find it for purchase or download.
Merci beaucoup!

Frangicus Love a dit…

Thank you!
The song is "The House I Live In", it's from her LP "Great songs of love and faith" (orchestra and chorus conducted by Johnny Williams), published by CBS in 1962.