Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker Died at 81

October 09, 2010 06:48:26 GMT

The Grammy-winning singer passed away at the age of 81 at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, Illinios after losing her battle with emphysema.

Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker Died at 81
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Grammy-winning singer Albertina Walker, known as the Queen of Gospel, has lost her battle with emphysema. She was 81. Walker passed away of respiratory failure in at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, Illinios on Friday morning, October 8.

The music icon began singing in the choir of West Point Baptist church at the age of four. She was urged to sing professionally by gospel great Mahalia Jackson, who later became her mentor. Walker eventually launched her career at 22, when she formed her own gospel group, the Caravans, and became a fixture at Chicago's Gospel Festival as a solo performer and with the group.

U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush called Walker's a voice for the civil rights movement in a tribute to the star. He tells the Associated Press her music was "a healing balm to those who struggled for justice."


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posted by Radio Angel on Oct 19, 2010
Nobody got us ready to sing in the Church Choir like the Queen; Albertina had a voice that stirred the soul. She led by example...truly a giant in the Gospel Music area. There will never be another "Tina". Rest in peace...I'll see you when I get home. Your Radio Angel in St. Louis
posted by Higher Hights on Oct 14, 2010
Heavenly Father I thank you for loaning Ms Albertina Walker to the World she knows you and your son and the Holy Ghost >I know she sleeping now < But when Garble Blow the Horn and the Sky crack Open and the Heavily Host oh what a day >But I'm Still Here Bless by his Love >Sleep on Sister Walker Sleep on.
posted by dndlewisno on Oct 09, 2010
This was a voice of healing. Her music is an inspiration in my life and walk with God. I will miss her.

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