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Slave bass guitarist Mark Adams dies - see funeral details

     

We've received several reports that Slave co-founder and bass guitarist Mark Adams has died. Adams was a key part of the killer bottom that made slave one of the hottest funk groups of the 80s. Mark's funeral is at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3801 Fairbanks Ave, Dayton, OH 45402 on Friday, March 11 at 11:00 am. (937-268-6711)

SlaveWhen looking at the great soul music geographies of the past quarter century, perhaps the most criminally overlooked is Ohio, the breeding ground for a generation of hot funk acts that came into their own in the 70s and early 80s, including the Ohio Players, Heatwave, Zapp, Lakeside, Midnight Star and Dayton.  One of the premiere Ohio groups of this era was Slave.  Formed in Dayton in 1975, Slave originally consisted of  bass guitarist Mark Adams, trumpter Steve Washington, drummer Tim Dozier, guitarist Mark Hicks, sax players Orion Wilhoite and Tom Lockett,  trombone player Floyd Miller, keyboardist Carter Bradley and vocalist Danny Webster...  Click Here to read more about Slave

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R.I.P. Mark Adams. You will

R.I.P. Mark Adams. You will be missed.

Awesome band. And Mark was

Awesome band. And Mark was bad!

Adams isn't in the picture

Adams isn't in the picture or video posted here.

Has the funeral services for

Has the funeral services for Mark been changed?

According to his fiancee's radio interview, his service was announced to be at the House Of Wheat, which is an entirely different church & location.

Here's the link to his death notice, which mentions both...

http://www.legacy.com/dayton/obituaries.asp?Page=SearchResults&DateRange=Today&Product=0

I know that house Of Wheat was announced twice on the radio tribute to Mark. Can you possibly confirm?

I am very saddened to hear

I am very saddened to hear of the death of Mark Adams.

Slave are my all time favourite act and whilst they never received the recognition they deserved their best music sounds as fresh today as it did 30+ years ago. They went through numerous personnel changes but the classic Slave sound featured Mark's unique bass style & Steve Arrington's nasal vocals.

The bass guitar is essential in funk music and we all know and worship the greats who have developed their own styles, Larry Graham who invented the slap technique and Bootsy's star shaped space bass. Mark Adams' style was very different, much more musical but totally original. It drove the beat forward and often took the lead musically in the band's songs. If you want an example of precisely what I mean listen to the opening of "Just A Touch Of Love" or "Wait For Me."

He was the only remaining original member of the group whilst they were still putting out new albums and I bought every single album from their debut until the very last album they made, "Masters Of The Fungk" which was their greatest hits updated and rerecorded. Yes they were past their best but there was always a couple of great tracks on each album to remind me of the halcyon days.

A few years ago the great & equally under rated Curt Jones, also a former member from their most memorable period, tried to put together a touring band playing Slave, Aurra & Hall of Fame tracks and there was even a hint of new material but the project folded after some considerable time rehearsing.

Marc "Drac" Hicks has been playing live under the banner "Drac & The New Slave" and even put out an album & 2 DVD's but they are truly awful and it is a travesty that the video clip that you have put on this page features this awful incarnation and does not feature or have anything to do with Mark Adams

May I suggest that the best & most memorable Slave tracks were built around Mark's bass guitar. No one played the bass like Mark. When friends ask me who is my favourite bass player of all time I say "Mark Adams" and they respond "Who?" That is sad - they do not know what they missed.

Thank you Mark for letting me share your music & for the pleasure you bought me over many years. You will be sorely missed.

A loyal fan

Phil Green

Mark's playing was so unique

Mark's playing was so unique and he was my by far influnce as a musician. He push the groove with that "Lead bass" as Phil said. The groove so nasty drippin with funk-check out "Steppin Out" as a example-may god bless you soul Mark, we will miss you.... DeusX

I am devastated, Mr.Mark

I am devastated, Mr.Mark (this was his aka)was one of the reasons why I started playing bass. I can clearly remember the unique, but heavy driving bass lines that he played.Although his basslines were generally easy to play, there was something special about how they drove those records. There was a record called 'You and Me' on Save's first album. Mark's bass line was so funky...it made me cry..I was overwhelmed. R.I.P. ....I will miss you.

Uh Phil..... Mark is playing

Uh Phil..... Mark is playing in the video. I agree with everything else wholeheartedly.

KC

Yes he is......

Yes he is......

They've changed the video

They've changed the video since my comment. They originally had a clip from the Slave DVD from a couple of years ago which is Dracs incarnation

Phil Green

Phil's absolutely right. We

Phil's absolutely right. We did change the vid.

Mark Adams, is in the yellow

Mark Adams, is in the yellow and black. Hi my name is FREE i am mark adams fianc'e, I just want to thank everyone for there blessing and prayers that is so much appreiciated from me and my family and his friends here in columbus ohio. also i want to let everyone know Mark was at home when he passed and was taken to the hospital, and that i was the one who called one of the member of Slave and told him, so all of the rumors about who knew first and where he died have been false informtion, so you can let everyone know the truth about this. also i am in the process of writing a book about THE HANSOLOR Mark leslie Adams about his life with me Freda (FREE) Kelley Adams and my family and friends, and also i have new music of his and mind to release this years, so pass this along and have a blessful  years thanks again ms Free Adams ( msfree2u@aol.com.

IN THE PICTURE LOOK TO YOUR

IN THE PICTURE LOOK TO YOUR LEFT. THE IN BLACK WITH THE YELLOW IS MARK!

 MARK WAS MY ALL TIKE FAV

 MARK WAS MY ALL TIKE FAV HUN. I HAVE 3 COPIES OF EVERY SLAVE ALBUM! ME AND MY BOYS WOULD ALWAYS ARGUE AND JOKE ABOUT WHO THE GREATEST BASS PLAYER IS. I WOULD ALWAYS STOP THEM BEFORE THEY GOT STARTED WITH THIS.... MR.MARK!!!!!!!!!!!  I'M 43 YEARS OLD HUN AND WHEN I HEARD I CRIED LIKE A BABY..... YOU R IN MY PRAYER LUV! CAN WE BE FRIENDS?  REST IN PEACE!! MR.MARK LUV'YA BRO!  P.S.  R U ON FB HUN?   DARRELL B. CHILLZ DAVIS     FACEBOOK   GOD BLESS...

PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED ON THE

PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED ON THE NEW MUSIC