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Another sad loss to the soul world.

 

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Thanks for all of the great music, Fontella!

 

 

 

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Fontella Bass, the St. Louis-born soul singer, died last night at the age of 72.

 

 

 

“She was an amazing person, she had a big personality,” Neuka Mitchell, a daughter of Bass, said Thursday morning.

 

 

 

Bass was the daughter of gospel great Martha Bass and sister of the Apollo star David Peaston who died earlier this year. She was best known for the 1965 R&B hit “Rescue Me” which spent a month atop the R&B charts and climbed to #4 on the pop charts, selling over a million copies.

 

 

 

Mitchell says “Rescue Me” is just one thing that her mother will be remembered for. “First of all, she put God first and family second and the next thing was music and food. She loved to spend time with her family.”

 

 

 

Bass got her start at the Showboat Club near Chain of Rocks, Missouri at the age of 17. After her children were grown, Bass relaunched her career as a gospel artist and received a Grammy nomination in 1995.

 

 

 

She was inducted into the St. Louis Hall of Fame in 2000. Her star on the Delmar Loop is in the 6600 block of Delmar.

 

 

 

A series of health problems starting around 2005 slowed her down and she suffered a heart attack earlier this month. Funeral arrangements are pending.

 

 

 

 




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I'm lonely, I'm blue...without you: RIP Fontella. The Soul world mourns another great loss.

Steve

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Extremely Sad News, her records have always been a treasured part of my collection. RIP Fontella Bass.

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Rescue Me and I Can't Rest are absolutely outstanding tracks. I remember getting the chills hearing both of these 45s!

By the way, does anyone need a new old stock copy of Home Wrecker/Now That I've Found A Good Thing? I've got (no kidding) a BOX full of them with the Ronn/Jewel/Paula sleeve.

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it was rescue me that started me on this long love affair with soul music rip

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Likewise Ted a first tune for me and it is just as good today, thought's are with the family,

Mal

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Very sad news indeed about such a loss, RIP and commiserations.

Brilliant and very atmospheric record was Rescue Me (as too were her others). Lady reaffirmed Chicago meant business with Detroit, from which (IMO) the northern scene has benefited from greatly.

Regards Bob

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A truly wonderful singer. Apart from the classic 'Rescue Me' which means so much to so many of us, "I'm Leaving The Choice Up To You" is one of the greatest Soulful ballads of all time. Rest In Peace.

Sean

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Memories of being in the lobby, late sixties, with me records (ar' kids hand me downs) spinning six on The Dansette spindle (seven would skid)....Fontella was always there....she has been a part of my life longer than many of my real friends.

RIP love x

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A truly bad week for artists passing, Rescue Me is woven into the soul fabric of the North, a record I danced to at school discos before I even knew what Northern Soul was or why I liked the record so much.

A great voice, very bad news

RIP

Rob x

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O.M.G. r.i.p. such sad news,my thoughts take me back to my youth, buying the record and going home to play it wow! what a track

sad sad news

Richo

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RIP Fontella. I always loved Recovery and even Travellin' from her CD 11 years ago.

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Rescue Me and I Can't Rest are absolutely outstanding tracks. I remember getting the chills hearing both of these 45s!

By the way, does anyone need a new old stock copy of Home Wrecker/Now That I've Found A Good Thing? I've got (no kidding) a BOX full of them with the Ronn/Jewel/Paula sleeve.

Hi i wouldn't mind a copy send me details etc. Cheers Graham

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Me and my late mate Phil Hague (god Bless him) were

on holiday it must be over 30 yrs ago in Benidorm, one afternoon we were walking on this street and could hear a record being played, what would seem to come from nowhere.The record was

Rescue Me, this immediately brought a smile to our faces.We located the music which was in a basement bar ,to which we decended and had a great afternoon.

RIP Fontella

Fred Ward

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RIP Fontella...very sad...she lost her brother David Peaston to diabetes ealier this year, weirdly was playing his LP "Introducing" which I bought back in 88 only 2 months ago!

My fav of yours....

and as an addage in dedication

and her sibling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGVfLqr1Uds

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Saw her live at the Catacombs in the autumn of 1972. RIP.

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