Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)

7 JANUARY 1966

Fontella Bass’ single ‘Rescue Me’ dipped out of the UK Top 10. This great slab of brassy and bassy Chicago soul reached #4 on the US Billboard charts (and #1 on the R&B charts).

‘Rescue Me' was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago, and with its heavy bass and brass, the sound was much more Stax than Motown.

Fontella had a handful of top 30 hits in the US during ’65-’66, and this was her biggest seller.

The video above features an excellent live vocal performance from Fontella.

B-side: 'Soul of the Man'
Recorded: Chess Studios, Chicago
Released: 25 September 1965
Highest chart position: #11 (UK), #4 (US)
Length: 2:51
Label: Chess
Writers: Raynard Miner, Carl Smith; Fontella Bass (disputed)
Producer: Billy Davis

Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)