One of Dallas' Forgotten Funk-music Greats Died, 11 Days After Releasing His First Record

I had hoped in coming days to spend some time with Timothy McNealy, one among the many music greats Dallas produced, then forgot all about, many decades ago. But now, that will not happen. A friend sent a message through Facebook Tuesday morning: "He passed yesterday." Eleven days earlier, Timothy McNealy's first-ever full-length record had been released by a record label from Los Angeles: Funky Movement, which contains all 10 songs he (mostly) wrote, recorded and released 45 years ago. Yes, that is correct: The album came out the Friday after Thanksgiving. And now Timothy McNealy is gone, claimed by cancer at the age of 72 before most people knew he'd been here all along, making music since 1966, some of it among the best you've never heard. Songs with such titles as "Sagittarius Black" and "Funky Movement No. 2," monikers so mighty they sing without the music.  Continue reading...

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