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Mahalia Jackson singing

Mahalia Jackson {format} {format} 4:27 Barrett Golding

Gospel music's great Mahalia Jackson, was born 95 years ago today (October 26 1911). She recorded for Decca and Columbia, had her own CBS radio sow, performed at John F. Kennedy's inauguration and Martin Luther King, Jr's funeral. Mahalia grew up in the "Black Pearl" section of New Orleans, singing in the Baptist Church. In this 1950s interview, she recalls the music of her youth. [transcript]

Broadcast: Oct 26 2006 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Religious, Music, Historical, African American