BORN ON JULY 3, 1940 IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. FONTELLA WAS AN R&B SINGER, PIANIST AND ORGANIST. HER MOTHER WAS A MEMBER OF THE CLARA WARD GOSPEL TROUPE. SHE WAS IN LITTLE MILTON’S BLUES SHOW UNTIL 1964.

IN 1965 SHE CHARTED HER FIRST TOP TEN HIT ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART…”DON’T MESS UP A GOOD THING”…ON THE CHECKER RECORDS LABEL. THE SINGLE CHARTED AT #5 AND CROSSED OVER TO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100, CHARTING AT #33.
ON SEPTEMBER 25, 1965 HER BIGGEST HIT MADE ITS R&B DEBUT….”RESCUE ME” ON CHECKER RECORDS (1120) MADE ITS WAY UP THE CHART, GOING ALL THE WAY TO #1 AND REMAINING ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART FOR 19 WEEKS, 4 OF THOSE WEEKS AT #1. ON OCTOBER 2, 1965 “RESCUE ME” MADE ITS BILLBOARD HOT 100 DEBUT…THE SINGLE WENT ALL THE WAY TO #4 AND STAYED ON THE HOT 100 FOR 13 WEEKS. THE FLIP-SIDE OF THE SINGLE RECORD…”SOUL OF THE MAN” DID NOT CHART ON EITHER BILLBOARD CHART.

WHILE HER HIT WAS A MILLION SELLER IN THE USA, SHE WAS EVEN A BIGGER HIT IN EUROPE. “RESCUE ME” BECAME A #1 HIT IN THE UK. HER LONG TIME FRIEND DWIGHT BOSMAN OF THE BOSMAN TWINS SAID…”SHE WAS WELL-LOVED ALL OVER THE WORLD, IN GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY AND FRANCE, THEY WOULD CHANT FONTELLA-FONTELLA AT THE FESTIVELS SHE WOULD PERFORM AT.”
FONTELLA BASS PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 26, 2012 AT THE AGE OF 72. A FAMILY WOMAN, SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR THE BODY OF MUSIC SHE HAS LEFT…7 HIT RECORDS ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART AND 6 ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHARTS.

“RESCUE ME” REMAINS ONE OF THE BIGGEST HITS OF THE 1960’S AND A MUCH PLAYED TUNE ON RADIO….WE ARE HAPPY TO BRING THIS CLASSIC RECORDING FOR YOU TO ENJOY…A MILLION SELLING HIT…BY FONTELLA BASS…FROM, “THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass</a
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TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE (JOE T)

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