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Marlena Shaw, Jazz singer’s ‘peaceful’ death confirmed by family

Marlena Shaw, legendary Jazz and R&B singer was known for ‘California Soul’

By Web Desk
January 21, 2024
Marlena Shaw died at the age of 81, family confirms
Marlena Shaw died at the age of 81, family confirms 

Marlena Shaw died at 81.

According to a video that her daughter Marla uploaded on Facebook, the singer, who was most renowned for her widely imitated hit song California Soul, has passed away. There were no specifics provided.

“Hello everyone, it is with a very heavy heart that for myself and my family, I announce that our beloved mother, your beloved icon and artist, Marlena Shaw, has passed away today at 12:03,” Marla said on the video.

“She was peaceful, we were at peace.”

A single from Shaw's 1969 album The Spice of Life, "California Soul," went on to become a highly sought-after record for early hip-hop samplers. Nightmares on Wax, DJ Shadow, Gang Starr, and Diplo have all sampled the song.

The song was composed by Ashford & Simpson, originally sung by The Messengers, and appeared in numerous television commercials. On Spotify, it has received over 100 million plays as of right now.

1942 saw the birth of Shaw in New Rochelle, New York. In 1966, she signed with the Chicago blues/R&B label Chess Records, and during the next forty years, she recorded a number of albums, the highest charting of which being 1977's Sweet Beginnings on Columbia Records.