Sigmond Galloway ( Mahalia Jackson’s Ex-Husband): Bio, Age, Career, & More

February 16, 2023   | February 16, 2023  | 

    Sigmond Galloway was a professional Jazz singer who was most famous as the ex-husband of Mahalia Jackson. Well, his ex-wife Mahalia is a later American gospel singer, regarded as the most influential vocalist of the 20th century.  

    Sigmond’s former wife has a career of over 40 years. In her lengthy career, played a crucial part in the development and diversification of gospel blues in black churches across the United States. 

    The former husband and wife Sigmond and Mahalia were married for just around 3 years; what happened to them? Further, we will talk in detail about Sigmond Galloway’s bio, age, career, net worth, & much more.

    Sigmond Galloway Biography, Age, Early Life, Parents

    Mahalia Jackson’s ex-husband Sigmond Galloway was born on 18th May 1922, in Alabama, United States. He grew up in an African-American family and spent most of his childhood with his father Randolph Galloway and his mother.

    Like any kid, he shared a great relationship with both her parents.


    If reports are to be believed, he was the only child of his parents. Thus, he has no siblings. We can confirm this because he never spoke about having any brother or sister ever in the media.

    What Was Sigmond’s Age at The Time of His Death?

    Sigmond is not alive anymore. He died on 18th May 1972, in Gary, Lake, Indiana, US. Thus, at the time of his death, he was merely around 50 years of age. He died just a few months after the death of his former wife Mahalia Jackson.

    Birth Date18th May 1922
    Death Year18th May 1972 (Age 50)

    Sigmond Galloway Career

    As we said earlier, he was a jazz singer. He began singing at a very early age. As a singer, he performed in numerous stage shows and even at churches. 

    Prior to taking up singing professionally, he was in the construction business. However, after he moved to Gary Lake, Indiana, he quit the construction business and took up singing full-time.

    How Did Sigmond Galloway & Mahalia Jackson Meet?

    Since both of them were into music, they met each other through a mutual friend at one of the musical events. They became friends right in their first meeting. After a couple of meetings, they became good friends and eventually began dating each other. 

    Their Marriage And Relationship

    The former couple dated for a couple of years before they finally decided to walk down the aisle. They finally got married in 1964 in a living room. Well, Sigmond and Mahalia’s wedding was a surprise to everyone as this was very unexpected at the time.

    When & Why Did Sigmond And Mahalia Divorce?

    Problems in their relationship began after Mahalia was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. During her recovery from the disease, Sigmond reportedly started acting differently all of a sudden and tried taking over Mahalia’s business from her agents and even accused her of pretending to be sick and that her illness was just mental.  

    Old Photo of Sigmond Galloway With Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
    Sigmond Galloway & Mahalia Jackson

    Moreover, on one occasion, Sigmond even tried to hit her. All these actions eventually lead her to decide to get a divorce from Sigmond. Later, Galloway’s infidelities were also proven in testimony, because of which he was declined from receiving any of Jackson’s properties in a divorce settlement. Their divorce was finalized in 1967.

    Did He Have Children With His Wife?

    Sigmond and Mahalia were married for only three years and they didn’t have children together. 

    Who Was Sigmond Galloway’s Wife Mahalia Jackson?

    As we said, Mahalia was one of the most influential gospel singers of the 20th century. In fact, she is even considered to be the most influential in the development and spread of gospel blues in black churches. 

    In her career which spanned over 40 years, she sold over 22 million records. Throughout her career, she got opportunities to perform for elite and secular audiences across the world.

    In her career, she released dozens of songs and albums. Some of her most successful works include.

    • You Better Run, Run, Run
    • God’s Gonna Separate the Wheat From the Tares
    • God Shall Wipe All Tears Away
    • I Want To Rest
    • He Knows My Heart
    • Wait Til My Change Comes
    • I Walked In the Garden
    • Bless This House
    • Go Tell It on the Mountain
    • Silent Night
    • The Lord’s Prayer”

    How Much Is Sigmond Galloway’s Net Worth?

    Talking about Sigmond’s net worth, he was around $100k at the time of his death. On the other hand, his wife, Mahalia was worth around $1 million. According to her lawyer, her net worth comprised real estate worth around $500,00 and a cash bank deposit of around $500,060.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Sigmond Galloway
    Popular Name Sigmond Galloway
    Birth Place Alabama, United States
    Birthday May 18, 1922
    Death 1972
    Age 49 years
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity African-American
    Father Randolph Galloway
    Siblings No
    Profession Singer
    Net Worth 100k
    Eye Color Black
    Marital Status Divorced
    Spouse Mahalia Jackson
    Children No