Jackson, Mahalia

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Born: Oct 26, 1912 AD
Died: 1972 AD, at 59 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Musicians, Singer


1912 - Mahalia Jackson born on the 26th of October in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was an American gospel singer, 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.

1927 - She moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she sang with The Johnson Brothers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups. She later married Isaac Hockenhull, who was 10 years her senior.

1928 - She was brought up in a strict religious atmosphere. When she was 16 she went to Chicago and joined the Greater Salem Baptist Church choir, where her remarkable contralto voice soon led to her selection as a soloist.

1930 - Jackson first came to wide public attention in the, when she participated in a cross-country gospel tour singing such songs as "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "I Can Put My Trust in Jesus."

1934 - Her first recording, "God Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares," was a success, leading to a series of other recordings.

1945 - Her first great hit (eight of her records were to sell more than a million copies each) was "Move on Up a Little Higher,". All the songs with which she was identified-including "I Believe," "Just over the Hill," "When I Wake Up in Glory," and "Just a Little While to Stay Here" -- were gospel songs, with texts drawn from biblical themes and strongly influenced by the harmonies, rhythms, and emotional force of blues. Jackson refused to sing any but religious songs or indeed to sing at all in surroundings that she considered inappropriate.

1950 - She sang on the radio and on television and, start to perform to overflow audiences in annual concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1957 - She was enormously popular abroad; her version of "Silent Night," for example, was one of the all-time best-selling records in Denmark.

1961 - She made a notable appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in a program devoted entirely, at her request, to gospel songs and she sang at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in January.

1972 - Died due to heart failure on the 27th of January.

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