Photo by: Jerry Naunheim Jr.

**FILE** Fontella Bass performs Sept. 2, 2001, at the Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing in St. Louis. The St. Louis-born soul singer, who hit the top of the R&B charts with “Rescue Me” in 1965, died Dec. 26, 2012, of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks prior. She was 72. (Associated Press/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jerry Naunheim, Jr.)