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American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson singing at the Imperial Palace at Tokyo. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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'His Eye Is On the Sparrow'

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Gene Kelly's iconic performance in Singin' in the Rain was informed by the rhythms of jazz. MGM Studios/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Mahalia Jackson sings at a Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in May 1957. Paul Schutzer; Time & Live Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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