Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened The Sopranos and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, has died. The band announced Black’s death Tuesday (May 21) on Facebook and says it is “heartbroken.” His age and the cause of death were not available.
The group wrote that Black, who performed as The Very Reverend D. Wayne Love, had taken ill after performing at England’s Highpoint Festival on Friday and died at a hospital Tuesday.
The group wrote that “the transition was painless and peaceful.” In keeping with A3’s irreverent nature, the Facebook post ended with a whimsical goodbye. “We are heartbroken. All that remains for us, at this moment, is to carry out his precise instructions regarding the continuation of his teachings as a First Minister of The Presleyterian Church of Elvis The Divine, and continue The Great Work. His last words, which we have yet to decipher, were ‘Tweet Tweet, Possil Fleet.'”
Black — who, like the rest of the band performed under a pseudonym — formed the group with Rob Spragg in 1995. Their ominous, gospel dance song “Woke Up This Morning” was featured on their 1997 album Exile on the Coldharbour Lane. A3’s most recent album was 2016’s Blues.
It was used as the opening theme music for the HBO series about a New Jersey mob boss.