James Govan, Memphis fixture and soul hero, has died.
Perhaps held back by being known as "Little Otis" than in his own right, Govan's work recently had been directed at Memphis tourists. Dean Rudland at Ace Records has been working to try and build a profile for Govan that matched his talent, releasing a collection of Govan's work for Fame last year.
Rudland told the Commercial Appeal why he got involved:
“He may never have become a household name, and the records he made were few and far between, but when he was allowed to record he made better use of that time than armies of inferior hit-makers.”
Govan had been in poor health since a stroke in 2012. He died Friday 18th July in Memphis at the age of 64.