People: Aug. 13, 1965

"I hadn't been using my voice," said Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson, 53. "Just a little humming around the house. The muscles were all relaxed, and I wondered how it would come out." After eleven months' convalescence following a heart attack, Mahalia was still a little weak and scaled down from her old 250 Ibs. to a relatively gaunt 160 Ibs. She needn't have wondered about her rich contralto: it came out just fine. To save her the wear of traveling to studios on the East or West coasts, Columbia Records hauled some special tape...

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