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Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel

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Gospel Singer, Mahalia Jackson Was Born
October 26, 1911

In Chicago, Jackson joined the Greater Salem Baptist Church and began touring with a gospel quintet. Jackson only sang gospel, refusing to sing secular (non-religious) music, because, she said, "When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what's wrong." She made her first solo recordings in the mid-1930s and eventually signed with Columbia Records in 1954. Jackson collaborated with the "Father of Gospel Music," Thomas Dorsey. She recorded with jazz great Duke Ellington, packed Carnegie Hall in New York City on a number of occasions, had a radio show, and sang for four presidents. Besides being a great singer, she was a highly successful businesswoman.
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