Gone But Not Forgotten: Music Stars We Lost in 2012
FONTELLA BASS
July 3, 1940 - December 26, 2012 (Age 72)
An American soul singer, most famous for her 1965 R&B hit "Rescue Me."

Listen to Cher, Pat Benatar and others cover her signature song.

Born into a family of soulful singers, the vocal prowess of the late Fontella Bass came with little surprise. The St. Louis-born singer, who died on Wednesday (Dec. 26) at 72, stole the hearts of music fans with her impassioned vocals.

Bass' 36-year career brought along success on the Billboard charts: her songs "Rescue Me," "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" and "Recovery" debuted in the top 40 of the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. But it was "Rescue Me," a hit upon its 1965 release, that will remain her most enduring musical legacy. The song became Bass' biggest hit, reaching No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (named Top Selling Rhythm & Blues Singles when it went to No. 1) and No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart.

Music stars like Cher, Pat Benatar, Diana Ross and others have offered their takes on "Rescue Me." Check out the five best covers of "Rescue Me," including Bass' own original classic.

Diana Ross

Linda Ronstadt

Cher

Pat Benatar

Melissa Manchester

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