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Mahalia Jackson – Mahalia Jackson Sings
General consensus holds Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) as the greatest gospel singer ever to live. Jackson’s unique vocal style was fully formed, combining the full-throated tones and propulsive rhythms of the sanctified church and the deep expressiveness of the blues with the note-bending phrasing of her Baptist upbringing. Indeed, her good friend Martin Luther King said “A voice like hers comes along once in a millennium.”
This wonderful DVD features 17 musical performances culled from the Mahalia Jackson Sings programme, broadcast in 1961, the year she sang at President Kennedy’s inauguration.
Shot on an oddly appropriate, austere German Expressionist set, she’s backed by piano, organ, and occasional guitar and drums, taking on gospel evergreens like You’ll Never Walk Alone and Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.
In the year of her death, Mahalia was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, she was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame and was the first gospel artist to be inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
You’ll Never Walk Alone · Just As I Am · Lord, Don’t Move the Mountain · Highway to Heaven · The Lord’s Prayer · Tell It, Sing It, Shout It · The Rosary · My Faith Looks Up to Thee · Come On Children, Let’s Sing · Somebody Bigger Than You and I · I Believe · My Lord and I · I Asked the Lord · Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho · God Will Take Care of You · Didn’t It Rain · Throw Out the Lifeline