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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

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.

Al Jarreau Dead At 76

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We have lost another legend!   Al Jarreau has passed away early Sunday morning on.February 12, 2017. He was recently hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles and had cancelled his tour schedule.

Jarreau released his first album at age 35 in 1975.  The 7 time grammy award winning artist was know as the “Acrobat of Scat”.   Jarreau released 16 albums during his career. Truly an iconic voice is now silent!

He leaves behind his wife Susan, and son Ryan.

What’s you favorite Al Jarreau song?   One my favorites is, “We’re In This Love Together”.

Ebony Magazine has some great info about his life.  Check it out!EBONY http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/al-jarreau-dead#ixzz4YUobKeeG

Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65

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Singer, Natalie Cole has died at age 65. Her death reportedly stems from congestive heart failure. She is the daughter of Nat King Cole. Another phenomenal woman has left us. Check out the New York Daily News article below for more information

http://m.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/singer-natalie-cole-dead-65-article-1.2482580

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