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Subject: ARCHIVE: February 8, 2011 ~R&B singer Marvin Sease, who started as a gospel artist, joining a gospel group called the Five Gospel Crowns, but found huge following for his very secular sex-charged Soul sensation song, "Candy Licker", along with X-rated lyrics, dies a week before 65th birthday. ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, February 08, 02:04:05pm

American blues and soul singer-songwriter known for his
gospel-infused vocal style and erotic-oriented lyrics. ...

Marvin Sease
[ Marvin Monnie Sease ]
(February 16, 1946 February 8, 2011)

Biography ...
Born in Blackville, South Carolina, Sease started as a gospel artist, joining a gospel group called the Five Gospel Crowns, located in Charleston, South Carolina. After singing with them, Sease then left at age 20 for New York City. At this young age settling into New York, he then joined another gospel group called the Gospel Crowns. Having a preference for the musical style of R&B, Sease left the gospel circuit to form his own R&B group. In this group Sease was accompanied by his own three brothers, and named the backing band Naglfar. This band did not find popularity and eventually broke up. He did not quit performing musically, but began to cover songs that started a career with a recurring gig at the Brooklyn club, Casablanca.

In 1986, he recorded a self-titled album, featuring
one of his more popular songs, "Ghetto Man". ...

...This started his professional career with his fans in the South's circuit of bars, blues festivals, and juke joints. While promoting his self produced and publicized debut album, he entered a recording contract with Polygram. With this contract, he was able to launch his music nationally with the re-release of his self-titled LP on Mercury Records in 1987. ...

...This updated release of his previous material also included the new ten-minute track "Candy Licker", which became an instant success for Sease through the South. Success had finally come to Sease without the help of airplay, which deemed his sound too explicit for the audience. Sease's success with "Candy Licker" ensured a strong female-based following. He was said to have a comparable sound to Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis, but without the commercial success. Over the next decade Sease released several more records for Mercury and Jive Records. His only nationally charting hit, "Tonight", reached # 86 on the US Billboard R&B chart in 1991. There was a poster depicting Sease in the film, "Pretty in Pink".

Sease died of complications from pneumonia in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on February 8, 2011, eight days
before his 65th birthday, and was buried at Cadedonia Christian Church Cemetery, in Ehrhardt, S.C. ...

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