Wikipedia : This day (January 27, 1972), in Evergreen Park, Illinois, died Mahalia Jackson,an African-American gospel contre-alto singer referred to as ‘The Queen of Gospel’.
Tribute Site : Jackson was rocketed to fame in the US, and soon after in Europe. I Can Put My Trust in Jesus (1952) won a prize from the French Academy, while Silent Night was one of the best-selling singles in the history of Norway.
@ Women in History : Throughout the 1950s, Mahalia’s voice was heard on radio, television and concert halls around the world. Her shows were packed in Europe, and her audience very enthusiastic at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, at a special all-gospel program she requested.
@last.fm : Jackson grew up in the “Black Pearl” section of the Carrollton neighbourhood of uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, and began singing in a Baptist church. In 1927 she moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she sang with the johnson brothers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups.
@Discogs : Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (Early Influence).
Video : Silent Night . Trouble Of The World . Jesus And The Woman At The Well (1961) . Amazing Grace . Down By The Riverside .Mahalia Jackson & Nat King Cole – Steal Away (1957) . The Battle Of Jericho (1957) . How I Got Over .