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The Queen of Gospel

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Throughout the 1950s Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel, sang to packed-out church sanctuaries and public auditoriums. Numerous agents and producers beckoned her to do what is now called crossing over:  She ought to go secular.  She could be big.  She could become the most powerful musical presence in America.  She could make a fortune. But Jackson answered only to… Read more »