Soul Singer Fontella Bass Dies at 72
Her song “Rescue Me” topped Billboard’s R&B chart in 1965.
Fontella Bass, a soul singer best known for her 1965 R&B chart-topper “Rescue Me,” has died. She was 72.
Bass died Wednesday at a St. Louis hospice from complications related to a heart attack she suffered three weeks ago, the Associated Press reports. She'd also had several strokes since 2005.
The singer was born in St. Louis and achieved national success when “Rescue Me” climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 1 on the R&B chart (called the Top Selling Rhythm & Blues Singles at the time).
Bass was born into a family of musicians, including her mother, Martha Bass, who was one of the Clara Ward Singers, and her brother, David Peaston, who found success with R&B hits in the 1980s and 1990s. He died in February at 54.
Bass is survived by four children. She was married to jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, who died in 1999.