Legendary Gospel Singer Jessy Dixon Dies

Chicago singer helped popularize genre

Monday, Sep 26, 2011  |  Updated 9:24 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Year in Review: 2010 in Memoriam

TheGrio.com

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Chicago singer and songwriter Jessy Dixon, whose extensive travels helped popularize gospel music outside the United States, has died.

Miriam Dixon says her brother died Tuesday morning at his Chicago home. She says he had been sick. He was 73.

Dixon first introduced his energetic gospel style that combines the rhythmic beat of blues, jazz and soul to wider audiences by being pop singer Paul Simon's opening act.

Simon first noticed Dixon during his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1972 with the Jessy Dixon Singers. For the next eight years, Dixon toured with Simon and collaborated with him on "Live Rhymin' Simon" and "Still Crazy." Over a more than 50-year career, Dixon wrote songs for several popular singers, including Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out