‘Women Who Rock’: Mahalia Jackson

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Mahalia Jackson's 1962 concert poster is featured in the Rock Hall's "Women Who Rock" exhibit.

Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) reigned as a pioneer of gospel music.

Her voice stayed the spiritual course even as blues and R&B departed on paths that led to rock and roll.

Jackson’s powerful voice has proved inspirational to artists such as Little Richard.

Artifacts from Mahalia Jackson’s life are featured in the “Suffragettes to Juke-Joint Mamas: The Foremothers/Roots of Rock” section in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit.

Click HERE to read more about Mahalia Jackson and the other women being honored.

(Information, picture provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.)

*Watch video below to see Mahalia Jackson perform “Amazing Grace.”