Mahalia Jackson at the Morrison Hotel (9/20/1957)

May 17, 2019, 11:00 pm

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Studs Terkel was born on May 16, 1912. As he often observed, that was the year “the Titanic went down, and I came up! Fate sings its own kind of poetry.” Tonight the Best of Studs Terkel presents an archive favorite, and one of the programs that Studs loved best. This broadcast took place in 1957 at the old Morrison Hotel on the Near West Side of Chicago, where WFMT’s studios were first located. We’re in the ballroom, which is filled to capacity. Studs is in his element, hosting a live concert with his friend, gospel great Mahalia Jackson.