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The Alabama 3 Frontman Jake Black Has Died

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 Written by Helen Payne

Jake Black has died.

Also known as The Very Reverend D. Wayne Love, the frontman of electronic band the Alabama 3 was best known for their 1997 track Woke Up This Morning, which was used in the opening credits of the Sopranos.

The band broke the news via social media, though no exact cause of death was confirmed. They said:

“Early this afternoon, on a beautiful summer's day, our friend, comrade and spiritual teacher, Jake Black AKA The Very Reverend D.Wayne Love, passed over to the higher ground. After a magnificent performance at the Highpoint Festival in Lancashire, D.Wayne in his supreme wisdom, decided it was the appropriate moment for his ascension into the next level.

The transition was painless and peaceful. He was surrounded by brothers Larry Love, L.B. Dope, The Spirit, Jonny Jamm and Sister Therese Mullan.

We are heartbroken.

All that remains for us, at this moment, is to carry out his precise instructions regarding the continuation of his teachings as a First Minister of The Presleyterian Church of Elvis The Divine, and continue The Great Work.

His last words, which we have yet to decipher, were "Tweet Tweet, Possil Fleet".

Jake Black formed the Alabama 3 after meeting Larry Love (Rob Spragg) at a party in Peckham in 1995, where they decided to fuse country music with acid house. The band released twelve studio albums during their career. Their debut, ‘Exile On Coldharbour Lane’, came out in 1997 and their latest, ‘Blues’, arrived in 2016.

Black performed his final gig with the Alabama 3 last weekened at Highest Point Festival in Lancashire. The band have UK and Ireland dates scheduled for the coming weeks and throughout the year, but it is yet to be confirmed whether these will still go ahead.

Alabama 3 Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri May 24 2019 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside
Wed May 29 2019 - CORK Cyprus Avenue
Thu May 30 2019 - LIMERICK CITY Dolans Warehouse
Fri May 31 2019 - PORTLAOISE Kavanagh's
Fri August 02 2019 - BUCKLEY Tivoli
Sat August 17 2019 - NORWICH Waterfront
Fri December 13 2019 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Sat December 14 2019 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Fri December 20 2019 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Sat December 21 2019 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

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