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The Best of Mahalia Jackson

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Album Review

The Best of Mahalia Jackson is a 16-track collection featuring many of Jackson's very best recordings — "God Put a Rainbow in the Sky," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," "Walk in Jerusalem," "God is So Good (To Me)," "Just a Little While to Stay Here" — thereby offering a long overdue single-disc introduction to one of the greatest gospel singers in history.

Biography

Born: 16 October 1911 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

General critical consensus holds Mahalia Jackson as the greatest gospel singer ever to live; a major crossover success whose popularity extended across racial divides, she was gospel's first superstar, and even decades after her death remains, for many listeners, a defining symbol of the music's transcendent power. With her singularly expressive contralto, Jackson continues to inspire the generations of vocalists who follow in her wake; among the first spiritual performers to introduce elements of...
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