Morris ‘B.B.’ Dickerson, Founding Member of War, Dies at 71

Morris ‘B.B.’ Dickerson, Founding Member of War, Dies at 71

Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, a founding member of the band War, has died at the age of 71.

B.B. Dickerson, bassist and vocalist for the funk rock band, passed away peacefully at a Long Beach, Calif., hospital on Friday (April 2) after a long, undisclosed illness, a representative confirms to Billboard.

Dickerson, who was born in 1949 in Torrance, Calif., and got his start on the bass guitar at the age of 12, helped develop War’s signature sound co-writing and playing on tunes like “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider,” “Summer” and more.