Eugene McDaniels / Feb 12, 1935 - July 29, 2011

The "left reverend" Eugene "Gene" McDaniels is largely known for three contributions to the popular consciousness. The first is his 1961 song "100 Pounds of Clay" heard on oldies stations to this day (released as Gene McDaniels). The second is his notoriety as a chart-topping song-writer ("Feel Like Makin' Love", by Roberta Flack and "Compared to What", popularized by Les McCann & Eddie Harris). And the third is his rare grove LP Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse, controversial at the time for songs that deeply examine the elite power structure (and the attempted banning of the album by the White House) and sampled or covered by A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie "get it together and see what's happening" Boys, The Roots & John Legend, among others. He lived as a hermit in Maine and died in 2011.

Here are two of his greatest albums:

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