Late March has seen the passing of two more music stalwarts – PEGGY SCOTT ADAMS and HOWIE KANE.

Ms Scott Adams died on Monday, March 27th aged 74. Few specific details are forthcoming.

Peggy  was born in Florida in 1948 and using her own name,  Peggy Stoutmeyer, she  made her music debut as a backing singer for people like Ben E King. Then, signed to SSS International Records and working as Peggy Scott Adams, she enjoyed late 60s hit with songs like ‘Soulshake’, ‘Lover’s Holiday’ and ‘Picking Wild Mountain Strawberries’- the last two duets with Jo Jo Benson.

As the hits dried up she moved to California and dropped off the music radar. Though in 1996 she made a comeback with the single ‘Bill’ from her album ‘Help Yourself’. Her 2003 LP ‘Busting Loose’ was critically acclaimed and three years later she released the gospel set, ‘God Can And He Will’ which was followed in 2009 by ‘Back To The Roots’, another gospel record, released on he own Nora Records. Both those long players reminded listeners just why  in the 60s Ms Scott Benson was dubbed ‘The Little Lady with the Big Voice’.

Howie Kane was one of the vocalist with Jay and the Americans – a US vocal group who found favour with some blue-eyed soul collectors. There are very few details at hand about his death, save that he died “sometime in March” and he was aged 81.

He was born Howard G Kirschenbaum in 1941 and he sang with Jay and the Americans between 1960  and 1973 and then from 2006 until recently.