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Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson was one of the most superbly talented and powerful gospel singers ever. She was only 60 years old when she died in 1972 from heart failure and complications from diabetes.Upon her death, there was an outpouring of grief from fans. During a public viewing of her remains, 50,000 people walked past her casket to pay their respects, while another 6,000 people attended her funeral.

Jackson also performed at U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball in 1961 and Martin Luther King’s funeral in 1968.

Enjoy this live TV performance of Silent Night from 1961. Quite simply, it’s incredible.

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