Marlena Shaw, singer renowned for her song ‘California Soul’, Dead at 81

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Marlena Shaw, renowned for her hit song “California Soul,” has sadly has died, as confirmed by her daughter Marla in a Facebook video. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Marlena’s most iconic song, “California Soul,” originally performed by The Messengers, gained popularity under her rendition and has significantly influenced hip hop and popular culture.

The song has been featured in various media, including “The Italian Job,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “All Things Must Pass,” “Pixie,” the TV series “Bad Sisters,” and the video game “Grand Theft Auto V.” It has also been sampled by numerous hip hop artists, including Gang Starr, The Game, Jay Rock, Elzhi, Quasimoto, Jay Electronica, Laika, and Xzhibit.

While “California Soul” remains her most timeless classic, Marlena also had several other hits such as “Feel Like Making Love,” “Loving You Was Like A Party,” “Go Away Little Boy,” and “Is You or Is You Ain’t My Baby” – the latter earning her a Grammy nomination in 1990.

Marlena Shaw was 81 at the time of her death

May she rest in peace.

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