Detroit Rocker Nathaniel Mayer Dies At 64

Veteran Detroit soul/rock artist Nathaniel Mayer died Saturday (Nov. 1) in his hometown after a series of strokes. He was 64.

Veteran Detroit soul/rock artist Nathaniel Mayer died Saturday (Nov. 1) in his hometown after a series of strokes. He was 64.

Mayer is best known for the 1962 hit "Village of Love," which he recorded for local label Fortune Records. But he vanished from the music scene in the late 1960s, and save for a one-off 1980 single, did not return to active duty until 2002, when he began performing again.

In 2004, Mayer released "I Just Want To Be Held" via Fat Possum Records. Another new album, "Why Don't You Give It To Me," appeared in 2007 via Alive Records, with assistance from members of the Black Keys, Dirtbombs, the Sights and Outrageous Cherry.