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Fontella Bass (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012) was an American singer. She was born in St. Louis. Her song "Rescue Me" hit #1 in the US R&B Singles Chart in 1965. She also had many other successful songs. She died due to complications from a heart attack.[1]

Fontella Bass
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Fontella Bass in 1965
Background information
Born(1940-07-03)July 3, 1940
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
DiedDecember 26, 2012(2012-12-26) (aged 72)
St. Louis, Missouri
GenresSoul, R&B, pop
Years active1961–2012
Labels Bobbin Records
Chess Records
Associated actsMary Wells, Dionne Warwick, The Supremes, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Lester Bowie

Bass was the daughter of gospel singer Martha Bass.


  1. "'Rescue Me' Singer Fontella Bass Dies at 72". BackstageOL. Retrieved 27 December 2012.

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