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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Marvin Sease dies; soul singer was 64

By Terence McArdle

Marvin Sease, a southern soul performer known for his sexually explicit songs on the so-called southern chiltlin' circuit, died Feb. 8 at age 64 in Vicksburg, Miss., reportedly from pneumonia.

His biggest hit was the 1987 song "Candylicker" of which Variety's obit said, "Without the benefit of airplay, this almost single-entendre celebration of sex became a smash hit, and Sease took its title as his professional nickname."

The music magazine further said "his funky, unblushing songs cemented his status as an enduring attraction on the black club circuit" -- something that can also be said of fellow southern soul performers Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush and Theodis Ealey.

Ironically, Mr. Sease started out singing gospel.

A good description the chitlin' circuit soul scene -- popular for 'grown folks' music -- is here.

By Terence McArdle  | February 9, 2011; 12:07 PM ET
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It is sad to hear of the death of such a legend, I have enjoyed listening to the music of Marvin "Candylicker" Sease for many years. I am sure he will be missed. My deepest sympathy goes to his family. May your memories of him and God's Grace get you through this time of sorrow.

Posted by: Gigi1956 | February 9, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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