Terry Callier dies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 October 2012
Terry Callier

Terry Callier

Jazz star Terry Callier - known for his collaborations with Beth Orton and Massive Attack - has died at the age of 67

Jazz singer Terry Callier has died.

The star - who is well known for his work with Massive Attack - died at the age of 67 at his home yesterday (28.10.12) after a long illness.

The Chicago-born singer began his career in doo-wop groups in his teens, and released his first album in 1968.

He released three jazz-folk albums in the early 70s and toured with both Gil Scott-Heron and George Benson during his career.

In 1997 he collaborated with singer Beth Orton, who tweeted her sadness at his passing.

Posting a video of the two together on stage, she wrote: "This was one of the best nights of my life. Such a privilege and joy - RIP dear Terry Callier (sic)"

Snow Patrol front-man Gary Lightbody also spoke of his sadness at the singer's passing.

He wrote: "Terry Callier RIP. A great soul folk-legend. A sad day. (sic)"

Speaking about his career previously, Terry said he hoped he made people "feel something" with his music.

He said: "People respond to me because I'm a throwback to an older tradition that believed you should do more than sing a song for an audience, that you should make people feel something. You can make accessible music and still sing about love and peace and truth and life and death. In the end, those are the only things that matter."

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