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Mahalia Jackson
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    (October 26, 1911-January 27, 1972)
    Died at 60, in Chicago, Illinois
    Albums include 'Apollo Years,' 'Mighty Fortress,' 'Soul of a Woman' and 'Bless This House'
    Songs include 'Walk in Jerusalem,' 'Upper Room,' 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' and 'How I Got Over'
    Acted in 'St. Louis Blues (1958),' 'Imitation of Life (1959),' 'Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)' and 'The Best Man (1964)'
    She suffered severe heart ailments.
    She said she can't sing a song that doesn't deliver a powerful message and lift all who hear it, including herself.
    She often wore big corsages.
    She received her first recording contract (1935) when she was overheard singing at a funeral.
    She ranked #78 on VH1's Top 100 Women of Rock 'n Roll.
    She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1997).
    She was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (1987).
    She was widely considered to be the greatest gospel singer ever.
    Her image appears on the Legends of American Music series, United States 32 cent postage stamp, that debuted in her hometown (1998).
    She toured England, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Israel and Italy (1961) on her first European tour.
    When touring in Europe, she had the ability to bring audiences standing for an encore, when they couldn't understand her language.

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