Pervis Jackson of the Spinners passed last week

While checking out one of the blogs I frequent, Papa Do Run,  I came across this post from last week informing me of the passing of Pervis Jackson of the Spinner. I had somehow missed this in the National news so I wish to express my belated condolences on the loss of another great musical entertainer who gave me much, much pleasure.

As recorded in the Detroit Free press last week:

Baritone, 70, recorded for Motown and Atlantic Records; services Monday in Detroit

For nearly five decades, Pervis Jackson’s rich, low voice was the glue in the Spinners’ sound, an unmistakable feature on pop, R&B and eventually oldies radio.

Friends and fellow Motown Records musicians are mourning the loss of the Detroit singer, who died “quietly and peacefully” early Monday at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, said Claudreen Jackson, his wife of 40 years. He had been diagnosed late last week with brain and liver cancer, just a month after starting to feel ill and bowing out of several Spinners dates. He was 70.

“I don’t know how many people get to live their lives the way they want,” said Claudreen Jackson, “but he was one of them.”

His last onstage appearance was July 19, when the Spinners performed in La Habra, Calif. The group has been a fixture on the casino and festival circuit for years, typically on the road more than 200 days annually.

The entire article is here.

Published in: on August 27, 2008 at 1:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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