Subscribe Register Login

Wednesday, October 01, 2014, 9:20 a.m.
Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal

'Rescue Me’ singer Fontella Bass dies

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

— 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.

Her surviving family includes four children. Her husband, jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, died in 1999.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Comments on: 'Rescue Me’ singer Fontella Bass dies

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Driver trainees

    truck drivertrainees needed!Learn to drive forStevens Transp...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Dietary assistant

    dietary assistantlocal retirement center seeking dependable ...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Outside sales representatives

    Needed! - 25 Hour Work Week - 3:00pm to 8:00pm Monday-Frida...
    Little Rock, AR

  • Pharmacy tech

    pharmacy tech 40 Hour Per Week Independent Retail Drug Scree...
    FAYETTEVILLE, AR

  • Carriers wanted

    earning from $1,000 to $1,400 per month for a few hours eac...
    Gurdon, AR

Search 944 jobs >

Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal
Arkansas Online