War bassist Morris ‘BB’ Dickerson dies at the age of 71

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The music community is in mourning this weekend after bassist Morris ‘BB’ Dickerson, an original War founder, passed away.

The musician passed away peacefully in a hospital in Long Beach on Friday, representatives confirmed Billboard

He had been battling an unknown illness for a long time at the time of his death, although it is unclear what he was suffering from.

RIP: The Music Community Is In Mourning This Weekend After Bassist Morris 'BB' Dickerson, An Original War Founder, Dies

RIP: The Music Community Is In Mourning This Weekend After Bassist Morris ‘BB’ Dickerson, An Original War Founder, Dies

Born in Torrance, California in 1949, Dickerson began playing the bass at the age of 12.

The origins of war began in 1962 when Howard E. Scott and Harold Brown formed a group called The Creators in Long Beach.

Dickerson became a founding member of War in 1969, along with Scott, Brown, Eric Burdon, Lee Oskar, Thomas ‘Papa Dee’ Allen, Charles Miller and Leroy ‘Lonnie’ Jordan.

Founding Members: Dickerson became one of the founding members of War in 1969 along with Scott, Brown, Eric Burdon, Lee Oskar, Thomas 'Papa Dee' Allen, Charles Miller and Leroy 'Lonnie' Jordan

Founding Members: Dickerson became one of the founding members of War in 1969 along with Scott, Brown, Eric Burdon, Lee Oskar, Thomas 'Papa Dee' Allen, Charles Miller and Leroy 'Lonnie' Jordan

Founding Members: Dickerson became one of the founding members of War in 1969 along with Scott, Brown, Eric Burdon, Lee Oskar, Thomas ‘Papa Dee’ Allen, Charles Miller and Leroy ‘Lonnie’ Jordan

Dickerson’s work on the bass helped create War’s signature sound, while also co-writing some of the band’s biggest hits, such as The Cisco Kid Why Can’t We Be Friends and Low Rider.

The group released their first two albums – Eric Burdon Declares ‘War’ and The Black Man’s Burdon in 1970, the same year Jimi Hendrix took to the London stage at War for what would eventually be his last public performance before his death in September. .

They followed it up with two more albums in 1971, War and All Day Music, the last of which was their first RIAA-certified gold album.

Signature Sound: Dickerson's work on the bass helped create War's signature sound, while also co-writing some of the band's greatest hits, such as The Cisco Kid Why Can't We Be Friends and Low Rider

Signature Sound: Dickerson's work on the bass helped create War's signature sound, while also co-writing some of the band's greatest hits, such as The Cisco Kid Why Can't We Be Friends and Low Rider

Signature Sound: Dickerson’s work on the bass helped create War’s signature sound, while also co-writing some of the band’s greatest hits, such as The Cisco Kid Why Can’t We Be Friends and Low Rider

Their next three albums were also certified gold, with The World Is a Ghetto, released in November 1972, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts in 1973.

The album, which begins with their hit The Cisco Kid, became Billboard’s Album of the Year as the best-selling album of 1973.

It would hit No. 444 on Rolling Stone’s list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.

Hit Albums: Their next three albums were also certified gold, with The World Is a Ghetto, released in November 1972, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts in 1973

Hit Albums: Their next three albums were also certified gold, with The World Is a Ghetto, released in November 1972, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts in 1973

Hit Albums: Their next three albums were also certified gold, with The World Is a Ghetto, released in November 1972, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts in 1973

The war also struck gold with 1973’s Deliver the Word, 1975’s Why Can’t We Be Friends, 1976’s Platinum Jazz, 1977’s Galaxy, and 1979’s The Music Band.

Dickerson left War in 1979, during recording sessions for The Music Band 2, although he would reunite with Scott, Oskar and Brown in the 1990s to form The Lowrider Band.

The musician is survived by his mother, uncle and children, and fans can make donations in his name MusiCares

Gold: War also hit gold with 1973's Deliver the Word, 1975's Why Can't We Be Friends, 1976's Platinum Jazz, 1977's Galaxy, and 1979's The Music Band

Gold: War also hit gold with 1973's Deliver the Word, 1975's Why Can't We Be Friends, 1976's Platinum Jazz, 1977's Galaxy, and 1979's The Music Band

Gold: War also hit gold with 1973’s Deliver the Word, 1975’s Why Can’t We Be Friends, 1976’s Platinum Jazz, 1977’s Galaxy, and 1979’s The Music Band

Reunited: Dickerson left War in 1979, during recording sessions for The Music Band 2, although he would reunite with Scott, Oskar and Brown in the 1990s to form The Lowrider Band

Reunited: Dickerson left War in 1979, during recording sessions for The Music Band 2, although he would reunite with Scott, Oskar and Brown in the 1990s to form The Lowrider Band

Reunited: Dickerson left War in 1979, during recording sessions for The Music Band 2, although he would reunite with Scott, Oskar and Brown in the 1990s to form The Lowrider Band