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R&B singer and bassist dies at 71 –


Michael Henderson was a bassist in Miles Davis’ (1926–1991) band as well as an R&B singer with hits including “Wide Receiver.”

Musical career

Early in his career, Henderson worked as a session musician in Detroit, playing for artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin (1942–2018), and Marvin Gaye (1939–1984). He began playing with Davis in 1970, at the dawn of the jazz legend’s fusion period. After remaining with David for seven years, Henderson embarked on a solo career, releasing singles including “Take Me I’m Yours,” “Be My Girl,” and “In the Night-Time.” He also sang lead vocals in “You Are My Starship” by jazz drummer Norman Connors.

Notable quote

“Miles was our biggest fan. He would stand on the side of the stage and listen to us or turn his back to the audience so he could listen to the band. He was the biggest fan we had.” —from a 2003 interview for All About Jazz

Tributes to Michael Henderson

Full obituary: Stereogum

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