Jackson couldn’t help herself when she was overcome by the spirit, a quality she had picked up as a girl in her native New Orleans, where the yelps and howls and fervent stomping of storefront Holiness churches were unavoidable. A lifelong Baptist, Jackson nonetheless credits “Sanctified” services with influencing her unbridled delivery.
“Everybody in there sang and stomped their feet and sang with their whole bodies,” Jackson recalled in “Movin’ On Up,” her 1966 autobiography. “They had a beat, a powerful beat, a rhythm we held on to from slavery days, and their music was so strong and expressive, it used to bring tears to my eyes.”
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