Song of the Day: Mahalia Jackson, “My Lord And I”

Gospel singer extraordinaire Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans on this day in 1911. Influenced by blues singer Bessie Smith, she adapted her style to the hymns and sprituals she sang. She was a tireless advocate for civil rights, appearing with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on many of his appearances. She was as popular with secular audiences as well, with several of her singles reaching the Billboard charts, including "Move On Up A Little Higher," which sold two million copies and reach #2. She had a local TV show, The Mahalia Jackson Show, in Chicago, and a five minute interstitital called Mahalia Jackson Sings which was shown nationwide. "My Lord And I" is a 1961 performance from that show. Unfortunately, the only musician I recognize is guitarist Barney Kessel, who accompanied her frequently. I hope the song blesses you…

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