Kathi McDonald, best known for her 1980 hit with Long John Baldry ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, has passed away at the age of 64.
Kathi’s career dated back to the late 60s when she sang on a session for Ike & Tina Turner. Through the 70s she sang on The Rolling Stones ‘Exile On Main Street’, Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’, Leon Russell’s ‘Shelter People’ and with Big Brother & The Holding Company.
In 1979 she recorded ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’ with Long John Baldry for his ‘Baldry’s Out’ album. The song was a Top10 hit in Australia.
Kathi recorded her debut solo album ‘Insane Asylum’ in 1974 but didn’t record a solo album again until 1994.
A statement from her record label Marin Records reads:
Dear Friends, It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Kathi McDonald. A legendary RocknRoll and Blues singer and a beloved friend of many. As I release further information here and on facebook I do so, entrusted to fulfill Kathi’s wishes and welcome your Love, support and grace to help provide Kathi’s desires of a proper funeral and the celebration of her life. I believe a memorial in both her native Seattle and her second home in the Bay Area are needed to comfort each other and reflect on this great singer and wonderful human being. She has shared her life with my family and welcomed me into hers and her friends have kindly done the same. For those able or willing donations can be made to the Kathi McDonald Life.