LG098 Recordings and Interviews: Laurraine Goreau sings "Catfoot Grimes"; Mahalia Jackson; Dinah Shore (LG098Goreau_Side1)
Side 1: Recording of Goreau sings her libretto "Catfoot Grimes" [00:00-1:26] and [33:42-47:33]. Interview of Mahalia Jackson with Laurraine Goreau by Japanese journalists during tour in Japan. Side 2: Interview with Dinah Shore at her home in Hollywood, California on 1972-09-22. Abstract for Jackson and Shore: [01:27–33:36] In this interview from her Japan tour, Jackson speaks extensively about her faith and its influence on her creative process. Goreau addresses the "divine vision" that shines through Jackson's eyes – 03:48. Jackson explains how simple things are often mystified through interpretation, and that creativity is a gift that we can each access by drawing upon an inner power. As the interviewers call her the "Queen of Gospel," Jackson replies that gospel is "bigger than me," that it is God and love, that anyone can sing – 16:42. She goes on to state that she does "not like to be great", and that greatness has vanity to it; she states that she is a service to the music – 29:27. [00:00–59:56] LG098Goreau_Side2 begins mid-interview with Dinah Shore speaking from her Hollywood home on September 22, 1972. Shore comments on her friendship with Jackson, Jackson's appeal to both Black and white audiences, and her delight in her appearances on her show. Shore speaks extensively about her appearance at Jackson's Chicago benefit "Festival of the Stars" – 08:35. Goreau and Shore share how both artists are connected through their lack of formal music training, and that Jackson had a natural ability because of her upbringing in music – 18:29. They discuss memories of Jackson, including her skill in the kitchen – 22:05, being from the South, and the first time Shore met Jackson at a 1950s appearance on her show – 30:26. Goreau recalls Jackson's concert tour of India and her interactions with Indira Gandhi – 38:35. Shore and Goreau then discuss Jackson's effect on their lives and both the gracious and difficult parts of her personality – 47:49, leading into a discussion about Mildred Falls's troubles with alcoholism – 52:29.