'Ordinary Joe' singer Terry Callier dies aged 67


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Groove legend Terry Callier has died aged 67.

The Chicago-born singer-songwriter who collaborated with Massive Attack and Beth Orton died in hospital surrounded by his family on Sunday.

Callier made his name as a jazz folk artist in the sixties and seventies and also appeared on Massive Attack’s single “Live With Me” in 2006. His best known singles include “Ordinary Joe” and “You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman”.

Early reports of his death were published on music websites and later confirmed by music label Mr Bongo with whom Collier worked on six albums between 2001 and 2009.

Callier’s last record, Hidden Conversations, was produced in 2009 with “Teardrop” band Massive Attack.

His funeral will take place in Chicago on Saturday 3 of November and a London memorial is being planned although the date is yet to be confirmed.

Tributes poured in for Callier on social networking site Twitter. Orton tweeted a link to a video of a collaboration between herself and Callier at London’s Jazz Café in December 2009, with the words:  “This was one of the best nights of my life. Such a privilege and joy- RIP dear Terry Callier.”

“Tim Burgess of The Charlatans posted: "The world has lost another beautiful voice. Rest in peace Terry Callier."

Gary Lightbody tweeted: "Terry Callier RIP. A great soul-folk legend. A sad day."