One of the most memorable nights in my soul music life was seeing Freddie onstage in Manchester with the Originals back in 2002 for UK DJ Richard Searling's 50th birthday. That night the guys and Hank Dixon's daughter rolled back the years to give a splendid performance of their classic Motown songs.
Two years later in LA, I got to meet the man at the first US Soul Trip and we briefly chatted about that wet Summer night in Manchester where they brought the house down. Freddie was quiet and a softly spoken man who seemed to have a beautiful soul which has now been sadly taken away from us. Once again we are left with only the music and this afternoon I returned to his only solo album from 1997 "It's All About Love" and dwelt over the beautiful tunes and Freddie's delicate voice.
I am sure that over the next few days that there will many tributes to a man who was part of a Motown group which is deeply revered in the UK - at least some of us got to a chance to see them before it was too late!