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Mahalia Jackson


1911

Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, LA.

1935

Mahalia Jackson lands her first recording contract after she’s heard singing at a funeral.

1935

Mahalia Jackson begins a 10-year stint as Thomas Dorsey’s vocalist and chief collaborator.

1939

Mahalia Jackson popularizes one of Thomas Dorsey’s greatest compositions, “There Will Be Peace In the Valley.”

1946

Mahalia Jackson signs with Apollo Records, where she records some of her most fervid and best-loved gospel slides over the next eight years.

1954

Mahalia Jackson moves to Columbia Records, where she remains until 1967, finding a wide audience among both black and white listeners.

1958

Mahalia Jackson’s recording of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” enters Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart—an unlikely feat for a gospel song. It peaks at #69.

1963

A crowd of 200,000 hears Mahalia Jackson’s moving rendition of the inspirational “I Been ‘Buked and I Been Scorned,” which precedes Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

1963

Mahalia Jackson releases ‘Bless This House’.

1972

Mahalia Jackson dies of heart failure in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She is buried at Providence Memorial Park in Metairie, Louisiana.

1972

Mahalia Jackson wins the Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

1997

Mahalia Jackson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twelfth annual induction dinner. Mavis Staples is her presenter.

1998

Mahalia Jackson is honored with a stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

Mahalia Jackson