Monday, October 26, 2009

Birthday Goddess: Sing It, Sister

Last year we observed the natal day of the great Mahalia Jackson with perhaps the most transcendently camp moment in the history of the cinema; this year, here's the real deal.

The first three-and-a-half minutes of this clip, from very late in her long career and apparently filmed in Sweden, represent perhaps the most total fusion of singer and song I've ever seen, the melding of a titanic voice and a song that utterly represents the moment in which she is singing it. Listen and be stunned. If you haven't had enough, go here for more, in a clip tantalizingly/annoyingly unavailable for embedding but perhaps even more jaw-dropping.

1 comment:

  1. yeay!
    My fellow hometown girl, born in the Black Pearl!