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- Posted on Aug 3rd 2011 12:00PM by Theo Spielberg
Campbell died at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago due to complications from pneumonia, according to her sister Billie Barrett Greenbey. As ABC reports, her daughter, Mary Campbell, revealed that the singer was visited in the hospital on Monday by Jennifer Hudson, who grew up listening to the trio.
The Barrett Sisters -- rounded out by third sister Rodessa Barrett Porter -- were raised on the South Side of Chicago. Campbell's powerful voice could have led her to mainstream success in any genre she wished; she chose Gospel music, and thus a life on the edge of the spotlight. Campbell grew up under the wing of two gospel greats: Composer Thomas A. Dorsey, who is considered the father of modern gospel, and Mahalia Jackson, widely reckoned the greatest gospel singer who ever lived.
The Barrett Sisters toured the world 50 times, appeared on Johnny Carson's 'The Tonight Show' and inspired scores of modern singers.
Campbell is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.