Iconic singer of 'Mr. Big Stuff,' passes away at 80

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.27 - 2023 9:19 AM CET

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Jean Knight, renowned for her 1971 hit "Mr. Big Stuff," has died at the age of 80.

The news of her passing on November 22 was confirmed through a press release from her family shared with TMZ. The family has requested privacy during this time but expressed profound gratitude for the love and support from her fans.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jean Knight began her singing career shortly after high school.

She recorded her first song in 1965, which eventually led to her major breakthrough in 1971 with "Mr. Big Stuff." The song not only achieved double platinum certification but also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

In the wake of Jean Knight's death, music media outlet Rolling Stone spoke with her friend Bernie Cyrus. He praised Knight’s rendition of "Mr. Big Stuff," stating, "It was just so universal.

People remember that song. There were so many people who covered it. But nobody did it like Jean."

Jean Knight's legacy in the music industry, particularly her impact on R&B, remains significant.

Her iconic song "Mr. Big Stuff" continues to be a memorable track that resonates with multiple generations, showcasing her unique talent and contribution to the world of music.