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Fontella Bass

Born July 3, 1940

 
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Fontella Bass Marker
Inscription.  Fontella Bass, daughter of Gospel great Martha Bass, was born and raised in St. Louis. She played piano and sang with R&B stars Little Milton and Oliver Sain, and launched her solo career in 1965 with the electrifying "Rescue Me," a #1 R&B and #4 Pop hit. After three years performing in Paris with Lester Bowie and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, she returned to St. Louis in 1972 to raise her family. Always sharing her musical gift in local churches, she went on to perform internationally and at Carnegie Hall. 1995's Grammy-nominated album "No Ways Tired" and 1999's "Speaking in Tongues" showcase the extraordinary talents of Fontella Bass.
 
Erected 2000 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the St. Louis Walk of Fame marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.383′ N, 90° 18.5′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard east of Kingsland Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6691 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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within walking distance of this marker. William T. Sherman (here, next to this marker); Walker Evans (a few steps from this marker); Jackie Joyner-Kersee (a few steps from this marker); Rogers Hornsby (a few steps from this marker); Ed Macauley (a few steps from this marker); Michael McDonald (a few steps from this marker); Ozzie Smith (a few steps from this marker); Charles M. Russell (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
Also see . . .  Fontella Bass - Rescue Me / Night Music with David Sanborn & Jools Holland (YouTube, 3.5 min.). (Submitted on October 10, 2018.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on October 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photo   1. submitted on October 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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