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 2,778,351 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Mahalia Jackson is the 310th most popular singer (down from 284th in 2019), the 2,006th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,727th in 2019) and the 100th most popular American Singer.

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  • 46

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  • 3.09

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  • 5.14

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Among singers, Mahalia Jackson ranks 310 out of 3,541Before her are Andy Williams, David Byron, Boy George, Ornella Vanoni, Eric Adams, and Sade. After her are Justin Timberlake, Mylène Farmer, Perry Como, Ariana Grande, Rita Pavone, and Anne-Marie David.

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Among people born in 1911, Mahalia Jackson ranks 78Before her are Clara Rockmore, Lee J. Cobb, Luis Walter Alvarez, Alfonso García Robles, Elizabeth Bishop, and Ishirō Honda. After her are Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Hubert Humphrey, William Stuart-Houston, Andor Lilienthal, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Viktor Barna. Among people deceased in 1972, Mahalia Jackson ranks 56Before her are Bronislava Nijinska, Jules Romains, William Dieterle, Watchman Nee, Martiros Saryan, and Ghassan Kanafani. After her are Lester B. Pearson, Eugène Tisserant, Hugo Steinhaus, Aspasia Manos, Chen Yi, and George, Crown Prince of Serbia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mahalia Jackson ranks 2,006 out of 15,968Before her are Clara Bow (1905), Upton Sinclair (1878), Robert C. Merton (1944), Dyanne Thorne (1936), Peter Agre (1949), and Don Taylor (1920). After her are Maria Mitchell (1818), Eva Mendes (1974), Justin Timberlake (1981), William Henry Pickering (1858), Samuel Adams (1722), and Bill Finger (1914).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Mahalia Jackson ranks 100Before her are Selena (1971), Cab Calloway (1907), Katy Perry (1984), Carl Perkins (1932), Andy Williams (1927), and Eric Adams (1952). After her are Justin Timberlake (1981), Perry Como (1912), Ariana Grande (1993), Busta Rhymes (1972), Barry Manilow (1943), and Solomon Burke (1936).