Morris ‘B.B’ Dickerson dead: Co-founder of rock band War dies from ‘undisclosed illness’

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War bassist and vocalist Morris ‘B.B’ Dickerson, has died according to his representatives. He was 71-years-old.

The musician reportedly passed away “peacefully” at a Californian hospital on Friday 2 April from a long but “undisclosed illness”.

He is best known for co-founding War with his fellow band members, where he was also a songwriter and lead singer with his most famous vocals heard on their number one hit track, World Is a Ghetto.

The band had several hit songs including the former, alongside Spill the Wine, The Cisco Kid, Why Can’t We Be Friends?, Low Rider and Summer.

Dickerson joined the band in the 1962 back when they were called The Creators, formed by Harold Brown and his uncle Howard E. Scott.

Over the decade, the group added Charles Miller and Lonnie Jordan to the lineup but later split during the Vietnam War.

Dickerson became one of the founding members of War in 1969 along with Scott, Brown, Eric Burdon, Lee Oskar, Thomas ‘Papa Dee’ Allen, Miller and Jordan.

The band peaked on the Billboard charts in 1973 with the album The World Is a Ghetto and their number two single, The Cisco Kid.

The musician started out playing the bass at just 12 years old.

His talents helped create War’s signature sound; a crossover that fused elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, psychedelia, and reggae.

Most notably, the group were joined on stage by Jimi Hendrix in London in 1970, for what would ultimately be his last public performance before he died.

That same year, they released their first two albums Eric Burdon Declares War and The Black Man’s Burdon.

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The year after, they realised a froth two albums called War and All Day Music, the latter of which was their first RIAA certified gold album.

Fans of the band took to social media to share their sadness at his passing, regarding him as a “pioneer of his time”.

Dickerson is survived by his mother, his uncle and his children.

Donations in his name have been asked to be made to MusiCares.


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