Amp Fiddler, a Legendary Musician and Producer from Detroit, Died After Battling Unknown Illness

Last Updated on December 18, 2023, 8:59 am

Amp Fiddler, legendary American musician, singer/songwriter, and producer from Detroit, Michigan, died after battling an unknown illness at 65 on Sunday, December 17, 2023. He was well-known and respected for his contribution to the music industry and his discovery of renowned hip-hop producer J Dilla.

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Amp Fiddler (Image via Facebook)

Who is Amp Fiddler?

Joseph Anthony “Amp” Fiddler was an American singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer from Detroit, Michigan. He was known for his distinctive musical styles, including funk, soul, dance, and electronic music. He was best known for his contributions to the band Enchantment and as part of George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic groups from 1985 to 1996.

Fiddler’s celebrated songs include” Through Your Soul,” “If I Don’t,” and “(Your Love is Like) Dope.” He has released fifteen albums, including his first solo album, “Waltz of a Ghetto Fly,” released in March 2004. His record label is Ampliphonic. His most recent album, Amp Dog Knights, was released in 2017.

He has worked with several notable artists such as George Clinton, Moodymann, Prince, Fishbone, Maxwell, and many more. He released an album, “With Respect,” in 1990 on Electra, under the name Mr Fiddler, with his brother, Bubz, a bass guitarist, producer, and songwriter. Fiddler was credited with discovering hip-hop producer J Dilla and introducing him to the Akai MPC and A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip.

What happened to Amp Fiddler?

Amp Fiddler was diagnosed with an unknown illness last year. He had been battling with the disease since 2023. A fundraiser had been planned to take place in his home city this month to help him, but his health deteriorated, and he passed away on December 17, 2023, leaving his family and loved ones aggrieved and fans and community mourning.

The community Mourns Amp Fiddler

The entire music industry has been reeling with a profound sense of loss over the death of a musical legend. They all have come together to mourn the late artist, posting messages of condolences on social media. They have acknowledged his timeless contributions to the music industry and paid homage to him to honor his memory. The overwhelming support of the community is heartwarming. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and fans. May he rest in peace.


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