Michael Henderson: Legendary R&B/Soul Singer/Bassist Has Passed Away – He Was 71 | watch him play
*Unfortunately, we have another death of an R&B legend to report. Unfortunately, we must inform you of the death of the “Wide Receiver”, Mr. Michael Henderson. He was 71 years old. Henderson had been admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta two weeks ago with an undisclosed illness and never recovered.
Old-school conductors and soul music aficionados are of course familiar with Henderson from his many self-written, produced, and sung/recorded hits, including the “Wide Receiver”, “You Are My Starship “, “Valentine Love” and many more.
Henderson’s Facebook page posted the following:
“Singer, songwriter, bass innovator, music producer, father and son Michael Henderson peacefully transitioned surrounded by his family and loved ones today at his home in Atlanta, Georgia… Bless his heart and soul …He touched the lives of many and returned that love through his many live concerts, musical recordings, social media, interviews and relentless touring which he loved…”
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Read more about Michael Henderson, below via Soul Tracks:
Henderson’s remarkable career began purely as a musician. Stevie Wonder met him in Chicago and was captivated by the deep sound of his bass guitar. He hired Henderson to tour with him, and the young bassist was on his way.
The Wonder tour exposure brought jazz legend Miles Davis to Henderson’s attention, which led to Henderson playing on many of Davis’ most revered fusion albums of the 70s. Henderson became a musician highly sought after and he went on to perform with notable artists such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Doctor John.
But to most soul music fans, Henderson is known as a popular soul crooner who single-handedly topped the charts, as a duet partner with Phyllis Hyman and Jean Carn, and as a guest vocalist with Norman Connors. Henderson’s vocals on Connors’ “You Are My Starship” created one of the most revered soul music ballads of all time, and his tantalizing duets with Carn (“Valentine Love”) and Hyman (“Can’t We Fall In Love Again”) are calm Storm Staples.