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Mickey Champion dies at 89; L.A. blues singer known for powerful voice
Mickey Champion dies at 89; L.A. blues singer known for powerful voice

Mickey Champion, a dynamic blues singer whose stirring vocals were heard for more than five decades in nightclubs across Los Angeles from Central Avenue to the San Fernando Valley, has died. She was 89. Champion died Monday of natural causes at the West Side Health Center in Los Angeles, her family said. Well-known for the strength of her vocals — she could fill a room without the aid of a microphone — she was also a highly praised interpreter of the blues, with a voice that sustained its emotional intensity and volume into her 80s. "She's one of the greatest singers out there," said R&B saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, whose musical association with Champion...

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