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The Swan Silvertones - 100% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Christian & Gospel
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This gospel vocal quartet was formed in 1938 in West Virginia, USA, by four coalminers, Claude Jeter (lead), Eddie Boroughas, John Myles and Leroy Watkins. The Swan in their name refers to their early sponsors, the Swan Bakery. Their first sessions were recorded for King Records in Cincinnati in 1946. At this time Henry Brossard (bass) and Soloman Womack (joint lead) joined. Th Read more

The Golden Gate Quartet - 84% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Jazz
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 83% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Rosetta Nubin, 20 March 1915, Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA, d. 9 October 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After first singing in a church choir, Tharpe quickly became a solo singer. In addition to her deeply held religious views, she was influenced by blues singers and musicians and took up the guitar to help broaden her repertoire. By the late 30s she was a popular per Read more

The Edwin Hawkins Singers - 56% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1970s
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The Staple Singers - 48% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This well-known US family gospel group was formed in 1951 by Pops Staples (Roebuck Staples, 28 December 1914, Winona, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 December 2000, Dolton, Illinois, USA) and four of his children, Mavis Staples (b. 10 July 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA), Cleotha Staples and Pervis Staples, who was later replaced by Yvonne Staples. The group fused an original presenta Read more

Shirley Caesar - 47% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 October 1938, Durham, North Carolina, USA. A deeply spiritual and affecting gospel singer, Caesar’s emotive vocals were first discovered in a church choir when she was 10 years old. Through her teenage years and early 20s she toured widely through the Carolinas and Virginia in the company of choirs such as the Dixie Hummingbirds, Gospel Harmonettes and Mahalia Jackso Read more

Charles Brown - 40% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 September 1922, Texas City, Texas, USA, d. 21 January 1999, Oakland, California, USA. Brown’s mother died only six months after he was born and he was raised by his grandparents. Despite learning piano and church organ at the insistence of his grandparents while a child, Brown became a teacher of chemistry. In 1943, living in Los Angeles, he realized that he could ea Read more

Brook Benton - 39% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Franklin Peay, 19 September 1931, Camden, South Carolina, USA, d. 9 April 1988, New York City, New York, USA. A stylish, mellifluent singer, Benton’s most ascendant period was the late 50s/early 60s. Although he began recording in 1953, Benton’s first major hit came in 1959 on forging a songwriting partnership with Clyde Otis and Belford Hendricks. ‘I Read more

Johnny Adams - 33% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lathan John Adams, 5 January 1932, New Orleans, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 September 1998, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. A former member of several gospel groups, Adams’ first recordings appeared in 1959 on Ric Records. Three years later he secured a minor R&B success with ‘A Losing Battle’, a slow ballad co-written by Dr. John. In 1968 he joined Shelby Single Read more

Ivory Joe Hunter - 30% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1914, Kirbyville, Texas, USA, d. 8 November 1974, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Although Hunter was a well-known figure in Texas through his radio shows, it was not until the 40s, when he moved to the west coast, that his career flourished. He established his own record companies, Ivory and Pacific, recording on the former with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (the Ex Read more

Ruth Brown - 28% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 January 1928, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, d. 17 November 2006, Henderson, Nevada, USA. Brown started her musical career singing gospel at an early age in the church choir led by her father. In 1948 she was singing with a band led by her husband Jimmy in Washington, DC, when Willis Conover (from the radio show Voice Of America) recommended her to Ahmet Ertegun of the newly Read more

Yolanda Adams - 28% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 August 1961, Houston, Texas, USA. One of the biggest stars of contemporary gospel music, Adams began her recording career in 1987. She had previously worked as a fashion model and a teacher before joining the Southeast Inspirational Choir as a soloist. She toured and recorded widely with the choir from the age of 13 onwards. During this time her talent was recognized by T Read more

Bing Crosby - 26% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Comedy Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harry Lillis Crosby, 3 May 1903, Tacoma, Washington, USA, d. 14 October 1977, La Moraleja, Madrid, Spain. One of the most popular vocalists of all time, Crosby picked up his nickname through a childhood love of a strip-cartoon character in a local newspaper. After first singing with a jazz band at high school, he sang at university with a friend, Al Rinker. The duo decided t Read more

Gene Autry - 26% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Orvin Gene Autry, 29 September 1907, near Tioga, Texas, USA, d. 2 October 1998, Studio City, California, USA. The eldest of four children of Delbert Autry, a poor tenant farmer, who moved his family many times over the years, before eventually arriving at Ravia, Oklahoma. His grandfather, a Baptist minister, taught him to sing when he was a child so that he could perform in Read more

Irma Thomas - 26% match to Mahalia Jackson

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Irma Lee, 18 February 1941, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, USA. The ‘Soul Queen Of New Orleans’ was discovered in 1958 by band leader Tommy Ridgley. Her early records were popular locally, but an R&B hit came in 1960 with ‘(You Can Have My Husband But Please) Don’t Mess With My Man’. The following year Thomas rejoined producer/writer Allen Toussaint, wi Read more


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