Singer/songwriter Fontella Bass has died of complications of a heart attack. She was 72.
Born in St. Louis to a gospel singing family, Bass hit the stratosphere in 1965 with the monster hit “Rescue Me” which she co-wrote. Unfortunately, she never had another hit and it wasn’t until 1993 that Bass received steady royalty payments for her masterpiece.
“Rescue Me” has been covered by numerous artists. In fact, the first version of this song I ever heard was Linda Ronstadt’s 1971 cover.
I leave you with the unlikely pairing of Bass and Lyle Lovett singing “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing” on British television.