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Soul Icon Jean Knight, ‘Mr. Big Stuff’ Singer, Passes Away at 80

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Renowned soul singer Jean Knight, best known for her iconic hit ‘Mr. Big Stuff,’ has reportedly passed away at the age of 80. The news, confirmed by TMZ, reveals that Jean Knight died last Wednesday from natural causes, according to her publicist and a press release circulating on social media, authenticated by the family.

Jean Knight’s illustrious career began at JetStream Records and soared to greater heights at Stax Records, where she crafted timeless tunes before establishing her own label, Comstar. Her family released a statement expressing gratitude for Knight’s musical legacy and acknowledging the enduring love between the artist, her hometown of New Orleans, and her global fan base. The family has requested privacy during this time.

‘Mr. Big Stuff,’ released in 1971, remains Knight’s most significant contribution to music and pop culture. The song not only dominated the charts, securing five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it also became a cultural phenomenon, featured in numerous films and TV shows.

The track’s impact extended beyond its original release, with notable series such as ‘Family Guy,’ ‘black-ish,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Everwood,’ and ‘The Deuce,’ along with its inclusion in Will Ferrell’s ‘Semi-Pro.’ ‘Mr. Big Stuff’ was widely remixed and sampled by artists like Heavy D & The Boyz, Eazy-E, TLC, Queen Latifah, Everclear, Girl Talk, Beastie Boys, and John Legend.

While ‘Mr. Big Stuff’ stood out as Knight’s pinnacle, she recorded numerous other songs throughout her career, including notable singles like “My Toot Toot,” “You Think You’re Hot Stuff,” “Carry On,” “Helping Man,” “Do Me,” and “Jesse Joe (You Got to Go).”

The passing of Jean Knight marks the end of an era, leaving a void in the soul music landscape. Her impact on the world will be remembered as fans and the music industry reflect on the indelible mark she left through her timeless contributions.

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Dana Sterling-Editor

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