Sweet Little Jesus Boy Mahalia Jackson
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- 1Silent Night, Holy Night04:27
- 2No Room at the Inn04:14
- 3O Little Town of Bethlehem03:43
- 4The Holy Babe02:43
- 5Joy to the World03:06
- 6O Come, All Ye Faithful03:09
- 7Go Tell It On the Mountain03:06
- 8White Christmas03:35
- 9I Wonder as I Wander04:34
- 10Sweet Little Jesus Boy04:38
Info for Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Widely regarded as the greatest gospel singer of all time, Mahalia Jacksom made her impact felt across several musical genres. Her appearances at the 1957 and 1958 Newport Jazz Festivals exposed her to audiences that had previously been unaware of her abilities, just as her weekly radio show (which began in 1954) had done earlier in the decade.
By 1961 she was considered almost part of the musical mainstream, resulting in her singing at President Kennedy's inaugural ball. This album was originally released in 1955, her first Christmas album, but would be reissued six years later to great success.
Born in New Orleans in 1911, Mahalia Jackson grew up in a shotgun home shared by 13 people. Raised by her Aunt Duke after her mother died in 1917, economic circumstances forced Jackson to quit school and work at home when she was in fourth grade. Her earliest influences were the sights and sounds of Uptown New Orleans: banana steamships on the Mississippi River, acorns roasting in Audubon Park, hot jazz bands, the beat-driven music of the Sanctified Church, and Bessie Smith's bluesy voice wafting from her cousin Fred's record player. But Jackson found her greatest inspiration at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, where she sang on Wednesday, Friday, and four times on Sunday. Even at age 12, her powerful voice could be heard all the way to the end of the block. "You going to be famous in this world and walk with kings and queens," said her Aunt Bell, predicting an illustrious future for a voice that would change the face of American music, empower the Civil Rights movement, and bring Mahalia Jackson worldwide renown. Visit: www.mahaliajackson.us
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