'Rescue Me' Singer Fontella Bass Dead at 72

Her big hit in 1965 endures
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2012 1:29 PM CST

(Newser) – R&B singer Fontella Bass, whose "Rescue Me" became a No. 1 hit in 1965 and remains in play today, died yesterday at 72 after a heart attack, reports the AP. The St. Louis native had modest success with other songs, but "Rescue Me," which she co-wrote, is her legacy—even if plenty of people still think the booming voice on the record belongs to Aretha Franklin. Read a more complete obituary here. (Read more Fontella Bass stories.)

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