Mahalia Jackson

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Noun1.Mahalia Jackson - United States singer who did much to popularize gospel music (1911-1972)
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So it is fitting that a song written by a man who had captained a slave ship should have been sung by Mahalia Jackson, who performed at many of MLK's rallies and marches.
These include performances dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and Marsalis -- whose famous musical sons -- Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason -- will pay homage to him.
Candi began singing in a gospel group with her sisters as a teenager and toured with Mahalia Jackson and a young Sam Cooke.
But none of those titans, nor any of the other usual suspectsnot Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley or George Jones, not Franklin's childhood mentors and vocal models Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward and Dinah Washington, not her fellow travelers on the path from the black church to secular showbiz, Ray Charles and Sam Cookenone of them had her almighty ability to make any song, whether a roiling gospel testimonial or a spry pop hit or a half-tossed-off Doobie Brothers cover, feel like a manifesto on the power and majesty of music itself, a disquisition that touched the most profound riddles of the universe.
The Joy, Saenger, Orpheum and Mahalia Jackson theaters have all brought competition for venue space to the New Orleans performing arts scene, while the Municipal Auditorium continues to sit vacant since Hurricane Katrina.<br />"I think it's a real conundrum on how the theater can be financially used," he said.
Martin Luther King, Jr., organized by Maya Angelou and Sammy Davis, Jr., with an all-star roster, including Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte; Mahalia Jackson, Carmen McRae, and Sidney Poitier.
Imelda admitted she was also into the likes of other massive female singers such as Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Big Mama Thornton.
There were the haunting sounds of Nina Simone, the painful "Negro Spirituals", and gospel, typified at its most sublime by Mahalia Jackson.
But while about to deliver his speech before a crowd, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson yelled from below, 'Tell 'em about the dream,' which made Martin shift radically to his classic 'I have a Dream' speech.
At the age of 13, she toured with the famous gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Reese graduated from Cass Technical High School at the age of 15 and when she was 18, she formed her own gospel singers group - the Meditation Singers.