Whitney – who was dubbed Soul Sister #1 by her collaborator and friend James Brown – passed away this weekend from complications due to pneumonia.
News of her death was confirmed via her official Facebook fan page, with a message which read: We’re saddened to inform you that Soulsister #1 Marva Whitney passed away last night. She left us with a legacy that will shine forever. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Whitney – real name Marva Ann Manning – is best known for her track ‘Unwind Yourself’, which was famously sampled by The 45 King on the 1987 song ‘The 900 Number’, as well as by DJ Kool on ‘Let Me Clear My Throat’ in 1996.
Sway also sampled the track on his song ‘Mercedes Benz’ and last year Mac Miller used the sample on ‘Party On Fifth Ave’…
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