Fontella Bass Passes

Written by: Gregory Gay

GOSPELflava joins others across the world in mourning the passing of Fontella Bass.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bass was “schooled in gospel 101” as her mother was a member of the famous  Clara Ward Singers and she would later serve as  accompanist to her grandmother ‘s gospel ensemble .  Fontella would go on to great notoriety co-writing and recording Rescue Me, the first million seller for Chicago’s Chess Records in 1965.  She returned to her gospel roots in 1990 recording Promises: A Family Portrait of Faith in 1990 with her mother Martha Bass and her brother DAvid Peaston.  In 1995, she recorded no Ways Tired, a collection of hymns and gospel songs.

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