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Sunday, May 4, 2008

NATHANIEL MAYER suffers stroke

Veteran soul man Nathaniel Mayer suffers stroke

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Detroit soul singer Nathaniel Mayer, who embarked on an unlikely comeback four years ago, is slowly recovering from a stroke that has hampered his speech and movement, his representatives said on Monday.

Mayer, 64, who was stricken on April 13, could make "a considerable recovery," according to a post on Mayer's MySpace page (

"The X-rays reveal that the damage from the stroke was limited to a small area," the post said.

Mayer, a devotee of James Brown, enjoyed a minor hit single in 1962 with "Village of Love." But he largely abandoned the recording business until 2004, when he made the album "I Just Want To Be Held" for Fat Possum Records, the boutique Mississippi label famed for its raw sound and salty bluesmen.

He released a follow-up last August, "Why Don't You Give It To Me?" (Alive Records), helped by a crew of young punk and soul revivalists, including Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach.

Reporting by Dean Goodman / Reuters

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