Barbara Morrison, a celebrated singer in America’s jazz and blues universe, is dead. She was 72.
The singer’s brother Richard Morrison confirmed the death but failed to clue the public in on the cause.
However, he’d noted that the family is looking to keep the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center open to preserve her legacy. The late singer had established the facility in 2009.
Richard may not have given the cause of death, but Barbara Morrison has a well-known battle with cardiovascular disease. Earlier this month, a GoFundMe account was launched to take care of her medical bills. The initiative was able to raise about $13,000.
Barbara Morrison was born in Detroit but moved to Los Angeles soon after. There, she met some other great musical voices and went on to perform with some of them, including Tony Bennett, Etta James, Dr John, and Ray Charles.
In the over six decades that she was a musician, she’d released many songs. Among her notable releases to date are “Visit Me” and “I Know How to Do It.” She also had a stint in academia as an associate professor at the University of California Los Angeles.
The report of her death provoked mourning among her fans on social media.