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Funk Soul Legend, Amp Fiddler Dies at 65

Funk Soul Legend, Amp Fiddler Dies at 65

12/18/2023 02:31 PM EST by WBLS Staff

Detroit singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Joseph Anthony "Amp" Fiddler has died at the age of 65 years-old.

Fiddler’s death was first reported on Monday (December 18) by Faith Fanzine, who wrote on , “Faith are saddened to hear that Amp Fiddler has passed away. The king of the new era of Detroit Soul. RIP.”

While the cause of death hasn't been disclosed, Fiddler launched a crowdfunding campaign last December to "support his continued healing as he journeys back to the stage" following an undisclosed illness.

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Fiddler leaves behind a rich musical legacy. He began his journey as a member of soul group "Enchantment" in the '70s, before joining George Clinton's Parliament and Funkadelic groups to play keys the following decade.

Fiddler became known for his pioneering work in the genres of funk, soul and electronic music - working with the likes of Moodymann, Jamiroquai, Prince, Theo Parrish and J Dilla.

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Listen to Amp Fiddler's top tracks below: