Gil Scott-Heron dies

Chicago-born Scott-Heron's music combined elements of jazz, soul and blues, often with a powerful political message in such classics as The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

His best-known work includes 1971's Pieces Of A Man and 1974's Winter In America, both in collaboration with keyboardist, composer and producer Brian Jackson.

His 1970s work in particular was hugely influential on later musical developments, particularly hip-hop. He has been called the "Godfather of rap" although he was reluctant to accept the label.

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