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Mahalia Jackson took Just A Closer Walk

We've talked about The Roots of Rock and Roll in R&B Music, but so-called Soul Music had its own roots in Gospel. Almost all the great Black Women Singers had their roots in Church, from Aretha on down.

Perhaps the greatest influence on that generation of singers was, MAHALIA JACKSON. She took the music of the Black Church to a new level of emotion and rhythm, and was a wonder to watch. I came across this film clip from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1970 with the lady singing, JUST A CLOSER WALK.

 

At some point she's joined by LOUIS ARMSTRONG, whom I had the incredible privilege of spending time with back in the day, and finally one of the New Orleans Marching Bands. There is no description adequate to what transpired in Rhode Island on that hot, humid afternoon in July. As you watch it notice how her phrasing, her scatting her dancing in place, would be seen later in so many of the black acts, and in sometimes the whites with soul. @therealdonrocksincredible privilege of spending time with back in the day, and finally, one of the New Orleans Marching Bands.

 

There is no description adequate to what transpired in Rhode Island on that hot, humid afternoon in July. As you watch it, notice how her phrasing, her scatting and her dancing in place, would be seen later in so many of the black acts, and in sometimes the whites with soul. @therealdonrocks

 

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