Happy Black History Month!
Mahalia Jackson was born on October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of 16, she moved to Chicago, Illinois where her career was launched in 1929.
Her first crossover hit single entitled I Will Move On Up A Little Higher was released on November 23, 1954. Music lovers from all walks of life fell in love with this ultimate singer.
The list of her timeless hits is endless. These songs include: Didn’t It Rain; Come On Children, Let’s Sing; I Found Answer; Great Gettin’ Up Morning; and Elijah Rock.
Over the years, many artists have covered her hits. These artists have included Aretha Franklin, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Larnelle Harris, Babbie Mason, Tramaine Hawkins, and Wintley Phipps.
In recent years, artists have recorded posthumous duets with this musical legend. The most notable recordings are Search Me, Lord released by Onitsha from her album entitled Church Girl and I Found The Answer released by Tramaine Hawkins from her album entitled To A Higher Place. Both of these recordings are new Gospel Music Classics waiting to be discovered by generations unborn.
In addition, Mahalia Jackson has appeared on the silver screen. In 1958, Mahalia portrayed the character by the name of Bessie May in the film entitled St. Louis Blues where she shared the silver screen with other icons; such as, Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ruby Dee. In 1959, Mahalia portrayed herself in the film entitled Imitation Of Life, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin where she sang the Oscar Nominated song entitled Trouble Of The World.
Mahalia Jackson is a legend. She is Black History!