Fontella Bass, R&B Singer Behind "Rescue Me," Dead at 72

Fontella Bass, the soul and gospel singer best known for her indelible 1965 R&B hit "Rescue Me," has died in St. Louis at the age of 72. Bass' daughter Neuka Michell told local Fox affiliate Ktvi that her mother passed away Wednesday night in her hometown due to complications from a heart attack she suffered on Dec. 2. The daughter of gospel singer Martha Bass, the burgeoning songbird grew up in St. Louis playing piano and singing in her church choir while tagging along with her mother on various gospel tours. She soon became a crooner in her own right, fronting several local bands before heading to Chicago, where she landed a contract with Chess Records. Teaming up with Bobby McClure, the...
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