Friends and fans of legendary rare groove/ disco pioneer Gwen McCrae have rallied around to launch a fundraising appeal after the American Southern Soul pioneer suffered a ‘massive stroke’ while touring in England.
“She desperately needs to come home to receive further treatment in the states. Due to international medical costs, it has become difficult to get her home,” DJ Don Welch wrote in a message posted on soundcloud.
“We are asking for your support with a donation of whatever you may be able to give to bring her home to her family. We pray for her in this desperate time of need.” Soundcloud; http://bit.ly/PpiZzt )
Forging her career in the US disco soul scenes of 70s she enjoyed a career renaissance towards the end of the 80s when British rare groove fans started championing her so much she became known as ‘The Queen of Rare Groove.’
Speaking about her global audience in an interview some years ago she admitted being initially unaware of her international popularity.
“They really loved my old stuff and I had to go up there and sing 'All This Love That I'm Givin', which is a classic in Europe,” she told Bredband.net.
“And then "Funky Sensation" and "Keep The Fire's Burning" are also classics over there. Yeah, I was shocked! " (http://bit.ly/LZPFjZ )
If you wish to donate, you can make your donations to:
"Gwen McCrae Medical Relief Fund for Stroke Victims" account @ Wells Fargo Bank: Routing# 528700507 Account# 7349068077