Five-Star Fridays: Fontella Bass, RIP.

12/28/2012 09:55 am ET | Updated Feb 27, 2013
  • Radley Balko Senior Writer and Investigative Reporter, The Huffington Post

Fontella Bass died this week. Here's the song she wrote and made famous, although like too many 1960s soul and R&B artists, the song made money for everybody but her. (At least until she finally won in court, nearly 30 years later.)

The experience apparently soured her to the music business. She made one more album--Free in 1972. It was a commercial flop, but it's one of my favorite soul albums of the 1970s. After that, she largely retired, at least from mainstream R&B.

Our loss, then and now. Rest in peace.

And here's a personal favorite:


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