Jean Knight, “Mr. Big Stuff” Singer, Passes Away At 80

The legendary soul singer Jean Knight passed away in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday. She was eighty years old.

A spokesperson for Ms. Knight’s family named Mona Giamanco confirmed that she passed away in a hospital. TMZ stated that the singer passed away from natural causes. Additionally, Knight’s friend Bernie Cyrus confirmed her passing to Rolling Stone. At the age of 22, Knight recorded her first demo tape in 1965, which was a rendition of Jackie Wilson’s “Stop Doggin’ Me Around.”

Not long after, she signed her first record deal with the Jet Star/Tribe label. She combined her singing career with a day job as a baker until she gained big success with “Mr. Big Stuff,” which was published by the historic Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, despite the fact that her career took a while to take off.

The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame reports that the Grammy-nominated song has sold over three million copies and is among the most well-known classic funk tracks of all time, as reported by Rolling Stone. She was dropped the next year due to disagreements between Stax and Quezergue, and her success never quite reached that of “Mr Big Stuff.”

She did, however, carry on recording and releasing music until 1999. The family of the deceased have thanked fans for their support and concluded by requesting “privacy during this difficult time.”

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