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.


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

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



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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