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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'Rescue Me' singer Fontella Bass dies

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died.

The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago. She was 72. Bass had also suffered several strokes since 2005.

Bass was born into a family with deep musical roots. Her mother was gospel singer Martha Bass, one of the Clara Ward Singers. Her younger brother, David Peaston, had a string of R&B hits in the 1980s and 1990s. Peaston died in February at age 54.
RIP. Sure lost a lot of talent this month.

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RIP Fontella. Her first secular gig was playing piano for Little Milton ("Grits Ain't Groceries").

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Old December 28th, 2012, 11:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The a.m. radio was always on in our house I certainly remember Fontella. R.I.P.
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