Mahalia Jackson

1911 - 1972

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Mahalia Jackson ( mə-HAY-lee-ə; born Mahala Jackson; October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer, widely considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. With a career spanning 40 years, Jackson was integral to the development and spread of gospel blues in black churches throughout the U.S. During a time when racial segregation was pervasive in American society, she met considerable and unexpected success in a recording career, selling an estimated 22 million records and performing in front of integrated and secular audiences in concert halls around the world. The granddaughter of enslaved people, Jackson was born and raised in poverty in New Orleans. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mahalia Jackson has received more than 4,037,876 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. Mahalia Jackson is the 206th most popular singer (up from 268th in 2019), the 1,323rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,748th in 2019) and the 69th most popular American Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 4.0M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 60.83

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 47

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.85

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.73

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Mahalia Jackson ranks 206 out of 4,381Before her are Alessandro Moreschi, David Coverdale, Anastacia, Valery Leontiev, Dionne Warwick, and Ben E. King. After her are Dr. Dre, Mariska Veres, Britney Spears, Asmahan, Kris Kristofferson, and Caterina Valente.

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Among people born in 1911, Mahalia Jackson ranks 55Before her are Cantinflas, J. L. Austin, Vincent Price, Henri Troyat, Samuel Reshevsky, and Robert Taylor. After her are Eduardo Frei Montalva, Alfred Naujocks, Karel Čurda, Qian Xuesen, Bernard Herrmann, and Lee Yoo-hyung. Among people deceased in 1972, Mahalia Jackson ranks 40Before her are Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Jackie Robinson, Antonio Segni, Ferdinand Čatloš, Said bin Taimur, and Lale Andersen. After her are Fredric Brown, Louis Leakey, Lester B. Pearson, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Josep Samitier, and Karl Silberbauer.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mahalia Jackson ranks 1,323 out of 20,380Before her are Rosemary Kennedy (1918), Eliot Ness (1903), Larry King (1933), James Spader (1960), Ben E. King (1938), and Wes Anderson (1969). After her are John Grisham (1955), Michael Rockefeller (1938), Mark Ruffalo (1967), J. K. Simmons (1955), Dr. Dre (1965), and Ronald Dworkin (1931).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Mahalia Jackson ranks 69Before her are Mario Lanza (1921), Otis Redding (1941), Courtney Love (1964), Anastacia (1968), Dionne Warwick (1940), and Ben E. King (1938). After her are Dr. Dre (1965), Britney Spears (1981), Kris Kristofferson (1936), Etta James (1938), George Benson (1943), and George Strait (1952).