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President Barack Obama expresses sadness over death of

Gospel music legend, Queen Albertina

 President Barack Obama expressed sadness recently over the death of a musical legend from Chicago whom the country recognized as the “Queen of Gospel Music.”

 In a statement, Obama said the country lost “an American icon” with the passing of Albertina Walker, whom he said “never forgot to give back, impacting her community” by her participation in various charities for Chicago’s south side, the AP reported.

 The Grammy-winning singer died at a Chicago hospital from respiratory failure on Friday. She was 81.

 For those interested in hearing Walker in her prime, the album “The Best of the Caravans” (Savoy) is available. She can also be heard on the CD and DVD compilation “How Sweet It Was: The Sights and Sounds of Gospel’s Golden Age” (Shanachie), which has added the unreleased Caravan song, “The Angels Keep Watching Over Me,” The New York Times reported.