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Mahalia Jackson was born “Mahala” on October 26, 1911 in New Orleans. In 1931, at the age of 20 after an austere and religious upbringing, she moved to Chicago, Illinois and after years of singing in church, signed to “Coral” records in 1937, and in 1947 signed to “Apollo” records and then to “Columbia” records in 1954. After recording many award winning and popular 45’s and albums she ended her career in 1971 and then devoted much of her time and energy to helping others before sadly dying on January 27th, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. This disc is in EXCELLENT condition!!