Soul singer Nathaniel Mayer, best known for his Top 40 hit “Village of Love” in 1962, has died from complications following a series of strokes, his representatives said on Tuesday. He was 64.
Mayer died on Saturday in Detroit, according to a blog posting on his MySpace page. He suffered a stroke in April, and his representatives said at the time that doctors were optimistic that he would recover. But the announcement of his death said that he suffered many months of complications and illnesses.
A devotee of James Brown, Mayer largely abandoned the recording business after “Village of Love,” but returned in 2004 to record the album “I Just Want To Be Held” for boutique Mississippi label Fat Possum Records.
He released a follow-up in August 2005, “Why Don’t You Give It To Me?” (Alive Records), helped by a crew of young punk and soul revivalists, including Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach.
Funeral arrangements for Mayer are pending.
Nathaniel Mayer: Live In Las Vegas 2008