*Marva Wright, a versatile soul singer best known for her blues hits “Heartbreakin’ Woman” [View performance clip below] and “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” died Tuesday at age 62, her former manager said.
Adam Shipley confirmed that Wright died of complications from a stroke she suffered last June following a gig at the CoCo Club on Bourbon Street. Relatives said then that she had just recovered from an earlier, less serious stroke, according to the Associated Press.
As a child, Wright listened to her mother sing and play piano at church. Among her childhood memories were trips to Chicago, the adopted home of New Orleans gospel great Mahalia Jackson, who had grown up with Wright’s mother.
Wright released a series of albums on local and international record labels, and frequently performed in Europe and at blues festivals around the country. With her band, the BMWs, she drew large crowds for performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.