Sease, one of the best soul singers in recent times, died of pneumonia in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on February 8, 2011. Although Marvin is best remembered by
his club hit, Candy Licker, many of us admire his numerous smooth and
beautiful ballads - sometimes melancholy, but always very soulful. He was
a prolific songwriter and a lively and popular performer.
I talked to
Marvin for the first time for an in-depth interview in 1996, when we touched
such topics as his childhood, his first singing steps both in gospel groups (the
Five Gospel Singers, the Gospel Knights and the Mighty Gospel Crowns),
and on the secular side (the Sease Brothers and the Soul Keys).
He also talks about his first record in the mid-60s and two singles in the 70s
and reveals, how Candy Licker came about. You can read
the in-depth interview with Marvin Sease here.
interview covers Marvin’s first seven albums. His 8th
one titled The Bitch Git It All was released on Jive in 1997 and it was
one of the cream sets that year. Besides the funky title track, there are
many easily floating mid-pacers and three quality ballads. On Hold On he
even reaches for gospel heights.
follow-up two years later is constructed in a similar way, and you can read
Marvin Sease's own comments on Hoochie Momma here. On A
Woman Would Rather Be Licked (Jive; 2001) Marvin wants us to get up and
dance more this time around, but he still includes four fine ballads on this
set. On I Got Beat Out (Jive; 2002) only drums and percussion are
programmed, which enables us to enjoy real horns, guitars, keyboards plus
background vocals. Among funky items and uptempo dancers, there are again
four quality ballads and again the closing song, More Will Be Said Than Done,
is almost like a church serenade.
Marvin released altogether fourteen fresh albums, and each one is a keeper. I’m convinced that in the course
of time his immense talent will be more and more recognized. His public
memorial service is held on February 16 in Word and Worship Church in Jackson, Mississippi.