Music fans were confronted by somber news this week when it was revealed that R&B legend Michael Henderson had passed away.
Fans remember Henderson for “bringing unique meaning to music”
“Singer, Songwriter, Bass Innovator, Music Producer, Father and Son Michael Henderson has peacefully made his transition surrounded by family and loved ones today at his home, Atlanta Georgia,” the post read.
“Bless his heart and soul… He touched the lives of many and returned that love through his many live concerts, music recordings, social media, interviews and incessant touring which he loved,” it added.
Followers of Henderson’s page reacted with shock and sadness to Henderson’s passing, with some recalling fond memories of seeing him perform.
“Since the 1970’s, I have been on a daily diet of Michael Henderson songs,” one Facebook user wrote. “He was a one-of-a-kind, all-around musician. Thank you, Michael, for bringing unique meaning to music, which shall forever be memorable.”
Henderson’s death was also widely discussed on Twitter, where fellow artists tweeted out praise for the bassist’s legacy.
I learned about Michael Henderson’s passing last night after the P-Funk show. This hit me hard, as he’s one of my fave bassists and artists, and an under-recognized genius whose story we don’t know enough about. My deepest condolences go to his family & friends who love him best. pic.twitter.com/gT7ZsCv01V
— DJ Soul Sister (@djsoulsister) July 20, 2022
The Grio noted that although the cause of Henderson’s death has yet to be made public, a post made last month stated that he had been admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for observation.
Henderson collaborated with many musical stars
According to the website Stereogum, Henderson was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi but later moved to Detroit where he pursued a music career.
It added that he collaborated with such well-known figures as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Miles Davis.
Henderson appeared on several Davis’ albums, including “A Tribute to Jack Johnson,” “Live-Evil,” “On the Corner,” and “Agharta.”