Jean Knight, the legendary singer best remembered for her hit single “Mr. Big Stuff,” has died. She was 80 years old. The news comes via a press release on X (formerly Twitter) from a reporter in New Orleans named LBJ. The statement says that Knight died on November 22nd.
A New Orleans native, Knight helped shape the city’s rich music scene. She soared to success with her catchy song “Mr. Big Stuff,” which features the iconic line “Mr. Big Stuff… who do you think you are?” Her concerts were said to be more than performances, but celebrations of her enduring bond with fans who cherished her music.
RIP Jean Knight… we've all sung Mr. Big Stuff a time or two! pic.twitter.com/wgRECAHHBu— LBJ📺📻 (@lbjnola) November 26, 2023
Jean Knight Left a Lasting Impact on Her Hometown of New Orleans
The statement described Knight as being much more than just a musician to the city of New Orleans.
“Jean Knight’s legacy is not just a musical one; it is a testament to the enduring love between an artist, her hometown, and the fans who adored her,” the statement read.
“As we bid farewell to this iconic soulstress, New Orleans, and her global fan base join together in gratitude for the indelible mark she left on the world. The family of Jean Knight kindly requests privacy during this difficult time and expresses heartfelt gratitude for the love and support from fans,” the statement continued.
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