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EDITORS’ NOTES

Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson began her career in church, singing hymns that would inform her progressive worldview and stirring vocals; “Beams of Heaven” captures a teenaged Jackson, youthful yet assured. Her later concerts galvanized audiences all over America. Her feisty performance at Newport, where she tore through standards like “Walk Over God's Heaven” and “Didn't It Rain,” brought down the house at the famous jazz festival.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson began her career in church, singing hymns that would inform her progressive worldview and stirring vocals; “Beams of Heaven” captures a teenaged Jackson, youthful yet assured. Her later concerts galvanized audiences all over America. Her feisty performance at Newport, where she tore through standards like “Walk Over God's Heaven” and “Didn't It Rain,” brought down the house at the famous jazz festival.

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