I just now learned that he died at the age of 26.
His body of work is no less enjoyable now, but I'd always thought that his greatest hits were culled from a lengthy lifetime of production. But knowing that we could have had forty extra years or more of his voice is pretty heartbreaking.
Others on my playlist today:
The Temptations (Papa was a Rolling Stone, particularly)
as well as a number of other Stax and Malaco Records artists.
Jimmy did the Malaco Records website several years ago. I don't know how common the knowledge is, but the historic studio has actually been broken down and sold in parts in an auction. It was still a working studio after decades of soul.
And that's another tragedy.