Posted in music on October 29, 2012

Terry Callier

Soul and jazz singer Terry Callier has died. The 67-year-old songwriter experienced belated success in his career after working with acts including Massive Attack and Beth Orton.

He died on Sunday after suffering from a long illness.

Born in the Chicago projects, Callier was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens. Later he became a fixture on the city's coffee house scene, releasing a debut album titled The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier in 1968. In the early 70s he released three critically celebrated "jazz-folk" albums and toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, but he had abandoned music for a job as a computer programmer at the University of Chicago until a new generation rediscovered his work in the early 90s. - [The Guardian]

Rest in peace, Terry. Below are videos of his collaborations with Beth Orton and Massive Attack, plus a stream of The Bongo Years via Spotify.

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Massive Attack and Terry Callier - Live With Me [HD]

Terry Callier and Beth Orton, "Dolphins," live on Later With Jools Holland

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Comments (6)

his paassing is indeed sad news.. saw Terry perform at the Bottom Line. Mesmerizing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2012 12:10 PM

The Bonnie Prince Billy of his time. I never liked Bonnie Prince Billy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2012 1:12 PM

1:12 that may be the most offensive thing i've ever read on BV

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2012 7:39 PM

the festival loses tons of appeal if they leave the polo grounds. the venue is why most people go!

Posted by Faster Download | November 18, 2012 1:55 PM

This band is great live and on record. Haters to the left, as my main man Kenneth Parcells would say.

Posted by Gnagen | January 21, 2013 3:50 PM

poor terry. R.i.p

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 8, 2013 3:46 PM

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