Born in St. Louis in June 1940, Bass first reached ears earlier in 1965 with the successful single "Don't Mess With A Good Thing," with Bobby McClure. "Rescue Me" topped the R&B charts for a month and held steady in the top five of the pop charts as well.
Bass' first record, The New Look, was released in 1966 by Chess Records. While she never found another hit like "Rescue Me," she continued to record throughout the Seventies. In 2001, she teamed up with the Voices of St. Louis for her last record, Travellin'.
In 1993, Bass won a settlement against American Express and its advertising agency for using "Rescue Me" in an ad without proper permission.
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