Alicia Keys Speaks at Radio Legend Hal Jackson’s Funeral
*Alicia Keys paid tribute to black radio pioneer Hal Jackson on Thursday at his funeral held in Harlem.
Friends and family gathered at Riverside Church to pay their respects to the iconic DJ, who passed away last week at age 97.
Keys, one of the speakers at the service, told attendees, “I’m sorry for our loss, but I’m grateful for his life.”
Congressman Charles Rangel (L) and former New York Mayor David Dinkins
She said Jackson was the very first DJ to play her debut single “Fallin’” on the radio and she was ecstatic when it happened: “I wanted the whole neighborhood to hear it. This was my song on the radio, and Hal Jackson played it first.”
The memorial service also featured a tribute by Rev. Al Sharpton and performances by singers Valerie Simpson, Melba Moore and Alyson Williams.