Mahalia Jackson – “Trouble of the World”

Mahalia Jackson Death

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Having grown up in a religious family, my siblings and I were no stranger to Mahalia Jackson. Mrs. Jackson was always my mother’s favorite gospel singer. My mother had the honor of seeing her in concert before Mahalia’s death in 1972. I’m so happy she was able to attend that concert. She still talks about it to this day as if it was yesterday. It truly impacted her life in a positive way. “Trouble of the World,” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain” where two of her favorite songs by Mahalia Jackson, but she loved and still loves her music which was played in our home quite a bit.

 Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel”. Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful black woman in the United States”. She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “golds”—million-sellers.
“I sing God’s music because it makes me feel free,” Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, “It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.”

Jackson grew up in the “Black Pearl” section of the Carrollton neighborhood of uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, and began singing in a Baptist church. In 1927 she moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she sang with The Johnson Brothers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups.

The Johnson Brothers broke up in the mid-1930s, and Jackson began her solo career, recording for Decca in 1937. The result, “God’s Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares”, was only a moderate success, but Jackson became a popular concert draw. She didn’t record again until 1946, when she signed with Apollo Records, releasing several singles that are now highly regarded, though sales were sluggish at the time. “Move On up a Little Higher” (1948) became a huge success, however, and stores could not stock enough of it to meet demand. Jackson rocketed to fame in the U.S. and soon afterwards in Europe. “I Can Put My Trust in Jesus” won a prize from the French Academy, and “Silent Night” was one of the best-selling singles in the history of Norway. She began a radio series on CBS and signed to Columbia Records in 1954. With her mainstream success came an inevitable backlash from gospel purists who felt she had watered down her sound for popular accessibility.

Jackson’s career in the late 1950s and early 1960s continued to rise when she recorded with Percy Faith, and performed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. She also sang at the funeral of her friend Martin Luther King, Jr. The late 1960s saw a downturn in her popular success. She ended her career with a concert in Germany in 1971; when she returned, she made one of her final television appearances on The Flip Wilson Show.

Jackson died in Chicago on 27th January 1972 of heart failure and diabetes at the age of sixty. She was buried in Providence Memorial Park in Metairie, Louisiana. She was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1978.

Released on the album “Mahalia Jackson Sings America’s Favorite Hymns.” This song was sung in the re-make of “Imitation of Life,” April 17, 1959 staring Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner & John Gavin.

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Song Lyrics – 

Soon it will be done
Trouble of the world
Trouble of the world
Trouble! of the world

Soon it will be done
Trouble! of the world
Going home! to live! with god!
No more! weapin unwilling
No more! weapin unwilling
No more! weapin unwilling
Going home! to live! with my lord!

Soon it will be done
Trouble of the world
Trouble of the world
Trouble of this world

Soon we’ll be done
Trouble! of the world
Going home! to live! with my lord!

I want! see my motha
I want! to see my motha
I want! to see my motha
Going home! to live with god!

Soon it will be done
Trouble of the world
Trouble of the world
Trouble of this world

I’ll soon! will be done!
With the trouble of the world
I’m going home to live! with god!

Writer(s): , LEOMIA BOYD, TRADITIONAL (PD)

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28 thoughts on “Mahalia Jackson – “Trouble of the World”

                  1. Well I respect you a lot. I could never have the patience to do that! Yes they make a difference. I’m lucky…a laptop will out at work and it will be trashed…I’ll get it and spend the money to fix it…a lot cheaper that way. Like a screen or whatever.

                    1. No they can’t. The time I use a phone the most is at Church. During breaks on Sunday mornings I will reply to comments on my blog outside. Inside you can’t get a connection….hmmm divine intervention? lol

                    2. So if you see me commenting until 11 on Sunday….that is where I am…outside of course!

                      It’s sad though…as I go way off topic…our church has 18 people on a good Sunday…we went over security matters Wednesday night on what to do if someone with a gun came in.

                    3. I will understand and smile and say to myself, he must outside.

                      That is very sad. It breaks my heart and I have noticed a decline in people attending church. I think many churches will be implementing some sort of security plan in force. It’s the times we are living in now.

                    4. It is really just pathetic that we have to plan for something like that.
                      We can’t get people to come. I live in an area where you can’t throw a stone without hitting a church also… only the big ones thrive.

                    5. It takes a sick person to do that. I don’t get it. If you are that bad…take yourself out…not that I want that from anyone…but not other people.

          1. Those singers back then around that era I love… a little earlier but Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday… Bessie sure wasn’t gospel… I don’t think… but she was a great singer