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Mr. Big Stuff singer, Jean Knight – New Orleans Soul Music Icon Passes Away

(New Orleans, LA – November 22, 2023) – New Orleans and the music world mourns the loss of one of its most treasured musical daughters, Jean Knight, who departed this world on November 22, 2023, at the age of 80.  Ms. Knight, a native of New Orleans, became an integral part of the city’s musical legacy. Her musical journey, began with “Doggin’ Me Around” on JetStream Records and culminated with the groundbreaking “Mr. Big Stuff” on Stax Records, that showcased not only her phenomenal talent but also a dynamic connection with legendary New Orleans producer, Wardell Quezerque.

“Mr. Big Stuff”, which became famous for the infectious refrain, “Who do you think you are?”,  wasn’t just a chart-topping anthem; it was the product of soulful, syncopated melodies that echoed through the Crescent City. Jean’s powerhouse performances at the Essence Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival were legendary, with every note reflecting her sassiness and joyous spirit. Her concerts were not just performances but celebrations of the enduring bond she shared with those who appreciated her music. Whether in the intimate venues of the French Quarter or on the grand stages of global music festivals, Ms. Knight made every fan a cherished part of her extended musical family.

Beyond touring  and recording studios, Ms. Knight loved cooking delicious Creole dishes for family and friends, celebrated Mardi Gras with several local krewes, and proudly served on the Louisiana Music Commission.

In addition to success with hits “(Don’t Mess With) My Toot Toot,” and “Bill”, Ms. Knight’s post-Stax career continued to progress.  Her resilience and determination led to the formation of her own label, Comstar, which led to greater creative freedom while staying true to the musical traditions that shaped her.

In the 1990s, the resurgence of “Mr. Big Stuff” spoke not only to the timeless quality of her music but also to the enduring love of her fans, both old and new. Over one million additional copies of “Mr. Big Stuff” were sold, and the song became a staple in the hearts of fans worldwide.

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. 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.