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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 3,323,011 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Mahalia Jackson is the 269th most popular singer (up from 309th in 2019), the 1,749th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,005th in 2019) and the 84th most popular American Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.3M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 58.41

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 47

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.33

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.94

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Mahalia Jackson ranks 269 out of 3,528Before her are Victoria de los Ángeles, Christa Ludwig, Shirley Bassey, Sade, Jimmy Cliff, and Mohammed Abdel Wahab. After her are Kiri Te Kanawa, Cab Calloway, Axl Rose, Rod Evans, Ajda Pekkan, and Sammy Davis Jr..

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Among people born in 1911, Mahalia Jackson ranks 70Before her are Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, Eduardo Frei Montalva, Stanisława Walasiewicz, George Stigler, Lee Yoo-hyung, and Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza. After her are Alfonso García Robles, Jussi Björling, Qian Xuesen, Hubert Humphrey, Ishirō Honda, and Elizabeth Bishop. Among people deceased in 1972, Mahalia Jackson ranks 47Before her are Louis Leakey, S. R. Ranganathan, Said bin Taimur, Hans Scharoun, Antonio Segni, and Hugo Steinhaus. After her are Henry de Montherlant, Martiros Saryan, Josep Samitier, George, Crown Prince of Serbia, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, and Ghassan Kanafani.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mahalia Jackson ranks 1,749 out of 18,182Before her are Leland H. Hartwell (1939), Gene Roddenberry (1921), Eric Schmidt (1955), Murray Bookchin (1921), Jeffrey DeMunn (1947), and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960). After her are Glenn Frey (1948), W. I. Thomas (1863), Robert Loggia (1930), Isamu Noguchi (1904), LeBron James (1984), and Laura Dern (1967).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Mahalia Jackson ranks 84Before her are Bessie Smith (1894), Eazy-E (1964), John Fogerty (1945), Sonny Bono (1935), Hank Williams (1923), and Jessye Norman (1945). After her are Cab Calloway (1907), Axl Rose (1962), Sammy Davis Jr. (1925), Stevie Nicks (1948), R. Kelly (1967), and Eartha Kitt (1927).