Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fontella Bass 1940-2012

Singer Fontella Bass, best known for her 1965 hit "Rescue Me," passed away yesterday in St. Louis, her hometown. "Rescue Me" (which Bass is shown singing in the Youtube clip above, taken from the "Shindig!" show) was a million-seller, hitting #4 on the pop charts in 1965. It was revived for a popular commercial in the 90s, too, although Bass had to sue to get her share of the profits as a co-songwriter on the tune.

I loved "Rescue Me." Still do. That song personified the mid-60s soul-pop sound for a lot of people. So I suggest we all put "Rescue Me" on repeat as we remember the late, great Fontella Bass.

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