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Mahalia Jackson: Serious About Securing The Bag!!

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Quote: “If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.”
-Mahalia Jackson

Mahaila Jackson (1927-1971) is celebrated as one of the greatest gospel singers of all time. She is referred to as “The Queen Of Gospel”. As a child she shared a small “shot gun” house with 13 people. Raised by an aunt after the death of her mother, Jackson quit school in 4th grade to help out at home. Her amazing vocal skills were evident even when she was a young child. She moved to Chicago at age 16 looking for better opportunities. Instead she found only low income domestic work. While in Chicago she joined Greater Salem Baptist Church and began touring with the Johnson Brothers as a “fish and bread” singer (singing for donations). She would later sell 10 cent tickets for her performances and also found work singing at funerals and revivals. She promised to live a pure life and not use her vocal skills for secular entertainment….a promise she kept.

She made her first recording in 1937, “God’s Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares”. She would later partner with Thomas Dorsey, a gifted African American composer. Together they issued ushered in the golden age of gospel. In 1954 she launched her own radio show, “The Mahalia Jackson Hour”. It was the first all gospel radio hour. When she wanted to move into TV, executives declined feeling that a “negro” would not be well received in southern markets. Her radio show was canceled after 5 months because it failed to secure a national sponsor.
By 1960 she was an international singing sensation. Her financial success resulted in a racist backlash. She received threats from whites who didn’t want a black woman living in their community. Her own challenges with racism fueled her participation in the Civil Rights Movement. She lended her voice and finances to the movement. She soon became friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Her final performance took place I’m 1971 in Germany. She died at 60 of heart failure in 1972 after a surgery on her abdomen.

Sources:

http://www.mahaliajackson.us/biography/1969.php

http://www.britanica.com/biography/Mahalia-Jackson

Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of, “Sitting By The Dock Of The Bay”

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Today, January 8, 2018 marks 50 years since the posthumous release of, “Sitting By The Dock Of The Bay. ” by Otis Redding (1941-1967) in 1968. It was the first posthumous recording to reach number one in the U.S. The song was not his typical soulful sound and he was strongly advised not to release it. However, Redding felt strongly that it would be a number one hit. He was right! Redding died in a plane crash, at age 26, about a month before the song was released.

Shout out to Black Mail follower and supporter JaDonnia B. for suggesting the idea for this post!

Check out her blog, “Diversity University” !

Source:

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/08/576413464/the-story-of-how-otis-reddings-dock-of-the-bay-got-released

http://performingsongwriter.com/otis-redding-sittin-dock-bay/

Remembering “The Godfather” James Brown

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Today we remember THE GODFATHER OF SOUL, James Joseph Brown, (5/3/33 – 12/25/06). Hard to believe it’s been 11 years! Gone too soon! We hope you enjoy these photos.

Fats Domino dies at age 89

Black History: Special Delivery!! Legendary singer and piano player Fats Domino died on Tuesday 10/24/17 at the age of 89. Born, Antoine Domino, in 1928 in New Orleans, LA he is perhaps best known for his remake of, “Blueberry Hill”. His iconic sound as a piano player coupled with his signature vocals influenced musical greats such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Domino was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986. Domino was found dead at a private residence in New Orleans.

Black Mail Fast Fact: The First Woman Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Aretha Franklin (1942 – ) was THE FIRST woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame! Her iconic sound remains timeless!!

ALL HAIL: THE QUEEN OF SOUL!!

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