Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
A Song for You
by Ruby Wilson
Ruby Wilson (1948 to 2016) was an American 'blues', 'jazz' and 'gospel' singer. Ruby Wilson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, on February 29th 1948. The youngest in a family of six children, she grew up picking cotton and surrounded by the sound of 'gospel' music. She then sang in her mother's church choir from the age of seven, though her father also secretly introduced her to the world of the 'blues', much against her God-fearing mother's wishes. She met future 'blues' icon B B King for the first time when she was 14 - he offered to be her godfather, and the two became close. When she was 15 years old, singer Shirley Caesar heard her singing in church and invited her to tour with her as a backing vocalist. The year after that, Wilson moved to Chicago, where she became a church choir director and also sang 'gospel', though she later returned to Texas to take up 'jazz' singing. Moving once more in 1972, this time to Memphis in Tennessee, she started work as a kindergarten teacher in the city's school system, and also began performing regularly in clubs on Beale Street, including The Peabody, the Club Handy and the Club Royale, accompanying musicians such as Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes and the 'Four Tops'. King gave her a weekly residency in his new Blues Club there, and later also in his restaurant when it opened. Wilson toured the US and abroad, performing at many 'blues' and 'jazz' festivals in New Zealand, Europe and Asia. She also performed on cruise ships and river cruises, and at parties and corporate events. In the 1980s, she spent some years living in Los Angeles and performed with Joan Rivers and Sharon Gless during that time. Signing with 'Malaco Records' in 1976, they released her first self-titled album in 1981, with a further nine albums in total following during her career. Wilson also appeared in several films from 1996 until 2006, as well as in television commercials. It was the TV station 'WMC-TV' which eventually christened her 'The Queen of Beale Street', acknowledging her more than 20 years of appearing in that locale. She had suffered a stroke in 2009 but largely survived this unscathed. However, after a heart attack had sent her into a coma at the end of July 2016, she passed away as a result of this at Methodist South Hospital, Memphis, on August 12th 2016, aged 68. Married four times, her four children survive her.
Posted: 5th September 2016
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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