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Gene McDaniels, soul singer and songwriter, dead at 76
30 August 2011
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Singer and songwriter Gene McDaniels died July 29 at the age of 76. McDaniels is perhaps best-known for having composed the protest song â€śCompared to What,â€ť made famous by jazz musicians Les McCann and Eddie Harris, and the R&B standard â€śFeel Like Makinâ€™ Love,â€ť recorded by numerous performers, most notably Roberta Flack. He was a talented composer and an even more impressive singer.
McDaniels was born February 12, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where his family relocated in the 1940s. Like so many of the soul singers who would go on to make names for themselves in the 1960s, McDaniels got his start singing in church. His father was a preacher and the young McDaniels was a regular in the choir from an early age. Inspired by popular gospel singing groups such as the Soul Stirrers, McDaniels would form his own gospel quartet, The Sultans, at a young age …