Fontella Bass, best known for her hit, "Rescue Me," which was famously covered by Aretha Franklin, died earlier this week at the age of 72. Says Randall Roberts for the L.A. Times:
"Bass never achieved the fame that fellow belters Aretha Franklin or Etta James did, but she charted an arguably more fascinating course through her musical life. Her stubborn vocal insistence in her early soul hits — “Rescue Me,” “Leave It in the Hands of Love” and “Our Day Will Come” — was mirrored in her artistic temperament. She chose aesthetic expansion over chart success at nearly every turn."