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    "the" in "the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson"

    Brother John Sellers, 74, Blues Singer, Dies - Obituary; Biography -
    Four years later he was discovered by the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who took him away from the bordello where he lived after being abandoned by his parents.

    Is the necessary?

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    Re: "the" in "the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson"

    No, but you might as well leave it in. I prefer it.


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