Gospel legend Marie Knight has died in New York City at age 84. She came to prominence while touring with Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the 1940s and singing hits such as “Beams of Heaven.”
Her manager, Mark Carpentieri, says she died Sunday at a Harlem nursing home of complications from pneumonia.
Knight was raised in Newark, N.J. She began touring the national gospel circuit with evangelist Frances Robinson.
In 1946, she partnered with Tharpe. The two became the most popular gospel artists of the 1940s with hits including “Didn’t it Rain” and “Up Above My Head.” They toured throughout the 1950s.
Knight began a comeback in 2002, working on a tribute to Tharpe. In 2007, her manager’s M.C. Records company released “Let Us Get Together,” her first full-length album in more than 25 years.