Mahalia Jackson

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Mahalia Jackson

American gospel singer add

Category: Music

Born in 1911.

Countries: United States (62%), New York (7%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Columbia Records, Louis Armstrong, William Tubman

Linked to: Decca Records, Fisk University, Old Town School of Folk Music, Tuskegee Institute




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Mahalia Jackson was born in 1911 add something


Despite the inscription of Jackson's birth year on her headstone as 1912, she was actually born in 1911 add something


In 1927, at the age of sixteen, Jackson moved from the south to Chicago, Illinois, in the midst of the Great Migration add something


In 1929, Jackson met the composer Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the Father of Gospel Music add something


In 1931, Jackson recorded "You Better Run, Run, Run" add something


In 1936, Jackson married Isaac Lanes Grey Hockenhull , a graduate of Fisk University and Tuskegee Institute, who was 10 years her senior add something


She was frequently offered money to do so and she divorced Isaac in 1941 because of his unrelenting pressure on her to sing secular music and his addiction to gambling on racehorses add something


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 add something


In 1950, Jackson became the first gospel singer to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall when Joe Bostic produced the "Negro Gospel and Religious Music Festival" add something


Candi Staton - As teenagers, they toured the traditional gospel circuit in the 1950s with The Soul Stirrers, C. L. Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson


Dinah Shore - Broadcast live and in NBC's famous "Living Color," this variety show was one of the most popular of the 1950s and early 1960s and featured the television debuts of stars of the era, such as Yves Montand and Maureen O'Hara, and featured Dinah in performances alongside Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Peggy_Lee, Frank Sinatra and Pearl Bailey


She started touring Europe in 1952 and was hailed by critics as the "world's greatest gospel singer" add something


Her debut album for Columbia was "The World's Greatest Gospel Singer", recorded in 1954, followed by a Christmas album called "Sweet Little Jesus Boy", and "Bless This House" in 1956 add something


Jackson began a radio series on CBS and signed to Columbia Records in 1954 add something


A writer for "Down Beat" music magazine stated on November 17, 1954: "It is generally agreed that the greatest spiritual singer now alive is Mahalia Jackson add something


Solomon Burke - Burke signed with Apollo Records in late 1955 following the departure of gospel singer and the label's primary star Mahalia Jackson to Columbia


In August 1956, she met Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Baptist Convention add something


The boycott finally ended on December 21, 1956 when federal injunctions were served, forcing Montgomery to comply with the court ruling add something


Newport Jazz Festival - She was the main attraction in the first gospel music showcase at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957, which was organized by Joe Bostic and recorded by the Voice of America, and performed again in 1958 add something


In 1957, they founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference add something


She was present at the opening night of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music in December 1957 add something


In 1958, they co-wrote the hit, "Lord, Don't Move the Mountain" add something


In 1961, she sang at U.S. President John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball add something


In a 1962 SCLC press release, King wrote that Jackson had "appeared on numerous programs that helped the struggle in the South, but now she has indicated that she wants to be involved on a regular basis add something


She recorded her second Christmas album "Silent Night " in 1962 add something


At the March on Washington in 1963, she sang in front of 250,000 people "How I Got Over" and "I've Been 'Buked, and I've Been Scorned" add something


That Was the Week That Was - In addition to the Millicent Martin studio recording of "In the Summer of His Years" issued in the US by ABC-Paramount, other versions were recorded and released by Connie Francis , Mahalia Jackson , Kate Smith , Sarah Vaughan and The Chad Mitchell Trio ; the Francis recording became a Top 40 hit on the Cash Box pop singles chart in January 1964


She sang "Precious Lord" at his funeral in 1968 add something


She sang "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral after he was assassinated in 1968 add something


In 1970, she performed for Liberian President William Tubman add something


The next year, in 1970, Jackson and Louis Armstrong performed "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" together add something


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" add something

Mahalia Jackson died in 1972 add something


Jackson died in Chicago on January 27, 1972 of heart failure and diabetes complications add something


Mahalia Jackson was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor artists whose recordings are at least twenty-five years old and have "qualitative or historical significance add something


The movie will be based on the 1993 book "Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel add something


In December 2008, she was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame add something


A prominent namesake in her native New Orleans is the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, which was remodeled and reopened on January 17, 2009, with a gala ceremony featuring Placido Domingo, Patricia Clarkson, and the New Orleans Opera directed by Robert Lyall add something


Fantasia Barrino - In 2011, Barrino was cast in her first film role, playing gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a biopic based on the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.


Jackson is a three-time inductee as of 2015 add something