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War co-founder Morris ‘BB’ Dickerson dies aged 71

War co-founder BB Dickerson died on Friday (Picture: Getty)

Morris ‘BB’ Dickerson, co-founder of band War has died aged 71 after a long illness.

Finding fame with the group – known for hits such as Low Rider, Spill The Wine and Why Can’t We Be Friends – in the 70s the bassist died on Friday at a hospital in Long Beach, California, according to Billboard.

It was reported he suffered from an undisclosed illness.

As well as being a founding member of War – which also counted original members in Lonnie Jordan (singer/keyboardist), Howard Scott (guitars/vocal), Lee Oskar (harmonica), Harold Brown (drums/ vocals), Thomas ‘Papa Dee’ Allen (congas/timbales), and Charles Miller (saxophonist/flutist) – Dickerson was the lead vocalist behind the band’s 1972 10-minute hit The World Is a Ghetto.

After releasing their first album Eric Burdon Declares ‘War’ in 1970 – they went on to achieve chart success, while 1975’s Low Rider is synonymous with Dickerson’s iconic bass line as the group merged funk, rock and soul.

He was also a performer and co-writer on The Cisco Kid and Summer, and shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix for what is known as the legendary guitarist’s final public performance at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, in September 1970.

He was synonymous with merging the group’s sound of funk, soul and rock (Picture: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The group went through many line-up changes after releasing their debut in 1970 (Picture: Redferns)

The group found success with single Spill The Wine, which peaked at number three on the US singles chart, while The Cisco Kid and The World Is A Ghetto landed in the top 10 and the album the songs came from – also titled The World Is A Ghetto – was recognised as the best-selling album of 1973, according to Billboard, having peaked on the album charts.

Dickerson left War in 1979, however he reunited with his bandmates to perform as the Lowrider Band in the 90s.

The musician is survived by his mother, his uncle and his children.


Credit: Original article published here.

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