Deemed one of the greatest gospel singers ever, Jackson used her contralto to
express religious praise and to back the civil rights movement.
She worked with composing great Thomas Dorsey. Jackson's version of "He's Got
the Whole World in His Hand" reached No. ... more69 on Billboard's Top 100 singles
chart, an unusual achievement for a gospel record. She performed at President
John F. Kennedy's inaugural, before Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"
speech during the March on Washington, and at King's funeral.
She won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1972, the year she died. Her
profound influence on R&B and rock 'n' roll led to her induction to the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. (Redferns/Retna