I have yet another death to report. Gene McDaniels passed peacefully in his sleep last night. He was 76.
He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He had 5 top 40 hits during his career including Tower of Strength, which hit #5, and a Hundred Pounds of Clay, which reached #3. He wrote Feel Like Makin’ Love for Roberta Flack, which hit #1 in 1974, and earned him a Grammy. Later in life he moved to Maine and lived a reclusive life. However, last year he began posting YouTube videos including recent renditions of some of his old classics. You can find his YouTube page here.
During my set tomorrow, I’ll play a three song tribute to Gene…
Tower of Strength, 1961
Feel Like Makin’ Love, Roberta Flack, 1974 (written by McDaniels)A Hundred Pounds of Clay, 1961