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Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.

For decades the name "Mahalia" was the personification of gospel music. In Got To Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel, Jules Schwerin captures the full majesty of the gospel diva. Reflecting upon first hearing her in concert in the summer of 1955, Schwerin says there were "moans and groans and shouts in a voice that lifted the thousand souls into a state of astonishment, and probably grace."

By this time her extraordinary voice was already well known. Schwerin, who would later go on to produce Mahalia Jackson's 1976 Grammy-winning record for best gospel and soul, as well as a widely acclaimed documentary, gives equal time to Jackson's virtues and shortcomings.

In a lucid and unpretentious style, the author recalls Jackson's humble Louisiana origins and her associations with Mitch Miller, John Hammond and gospel innovator Thomas Dorsey. Her friendship with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. brought her into the civil rights movement, where her voice inspired as she raised a joyful noise unto the Lord.
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Author:Boyd, Herb
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 1993
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