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EDITORS’ NOTES

Beyond the stately gospel singing for which she was so famous, Mahalia Jackson brought earthy fire to other styles, especially in a concert setting. Behold her raw, bluesy edge as she belts out the darkly defiant lyrics of “Keep Your Hand on the Plow” over just two-and-a-half minutes; her live version of “Didn’t It Rain,” from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, rivals Little Richard’s rollicking hits of that time for sheer intensity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Beyond the stately gospel singing for which she was so famous, Mahalia Jackson brought earthy fire to other styles, especially in a concert setting. Behold her raw, bluesy edge as she belts out the darkly defiant lyrics of “Keep Your Hand on the Plow” over just two-and-a-half minutes; her live version of “Didn’t It Rain,” from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, rivals Little Richard’s rollicking hits of that time for sheer intensity.

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