b. Mahalia Lucille Jenkins, 23 June 1938, Bolton, Mississippi, USA. Spann sang gospel to begin with, both in Mississippi and afterwards in Chicago, where she resided in her early teenagers. In the 60s, she fulfilled the fantastic blues pianist Otis Spann, plus they started a musical relationship and later wedded. They recorded jointly, but tragically their cooperation came to a finish with Otis’ early loss of life in 1970. Lucille continuing to function in music and produced several further recordings.