Fontella Bass en Remembering Fontella Bass, Voice Of A Soul Classic Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The voice of a great soul classic has died. Fontella Bass sang the 1965 hit "Rescue Me." She was 72 years old and died from complications caused by a recent heart attack. NPR's Elizabeth Blair has this appreciation.<p>ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: It's a perfect song with a perfect voice.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RESCUE ME")<p>FONTELLA BASS: (Singing) Rescue me. Take me in your arms. Rescue me. I love your tender charms. I'm rather lonely and I'm blue. I need you and your love, too. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:18:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 7823 at St. Louis-Born 'Rescue Me' Singer Fontella Bass Dies <p>Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&amp;B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died.</p><p>The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago. She was 72. Bass had also suffered several strokes since 2005.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:12:39 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 7761 at St. Louis-Born 'Rescue Me' Singer Fontella Bass Dies