'Candy Licker' Marvin Sease dies aged 64

News has surfaced this morning that underground legend of the Southern chitlin circuit in the ’80s Marvin Sease has died. His lustful and uncompromisingly sexual lyrics made him a popular act, and his musical career spanned almost two decades. He was eight days short of his 65th birthday when he passed away.

According to various reports Sease was at Vicksburg, Mississippi when he died and although most stories cite pneumonia as the cause of death, no official cause has been released as yet.

Marvin’s career path was laid out before him at an early age when he began as a humble gospel singer involved with a range of groups, and by the age of 20 he had upped sticks and left home for New York where he joined the Gospel Crowns.

Despite his love of the Gospel scene he wanted more from music and soon decided that forming his own R&B band was the way forward, so with his three brothers in tow he created “Sease.”

With the band under way, the South Carolina born singer wrote an eponymous album which was released on his own “Early” label. The track list contained one of his most popular tracks, “Ghetto Man,” which was eventually reissued on the London/Mercury label, that signed Sease in 1987.

His career defining point came during the re-released “Marvin Sease” era, which was given extra kudos with the addition of a 10-minute track called, “Candy Licker.” Due to its content the song received virtually no airplay, but the lyrics left nothing to the imagination though a thinly veiled double-entendre, and the song was an absolute hit. After that Sease took Candy Licker as his stage name.

[adsense]His music never hit the heights in chart positions, and his celebrity status never elevated to the same levels as some of his contemporaries but the cult soul star’s funk driven, sex charged songs set his self defined style in stone, and he was always a top attraction on the black club circuit.

His discography covers almost 20 albums released through major labels like London /Mercury, Jive and Silvertone. His last release in 2008, “Who’s Got the Power” was published by the Mississippi-based R&B indie label Malaco.

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14 thoughts on “'Candy Licker' Marvin Sease dies aged 64

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  2. Marvin Sease will truely be missed, I was looking forwrd to his return to Augusta, my sis Lil is having a fit as she love herself some Marvin Sease. Sleep well.

  3. yes he did put on some very good shows and he truly will be missed he was my legend . I many year ago had the pleasure of working for him very sweet, and pleasant man him and his family ……god bless you

  4. He will be missed.I did get to him him in Houston a few years.R.I.P. Mr, MarvinSease.

  5. Another great legend gone i will always remember Marvin Sease put on good shows when he came to houston he was just at the blues festival in H- town last year enjoyed him rest in peace, my prayers go out to his family . Lady J

  6. This best and only good blues singers are leaving us. I thank them for the hard times they went threw getting us that good blues music. It is just not there no more. Love them.

  7. He will be well miss I have all his cd. I remember his when he performs in Louisiana and hang out with him and the band after the the show and I have all the picture I took with him. I going to miss you rest in peace god bless his family why they go through this lose.

  8. TO: THE GREAT LATE MARVIN SEASE FAMILY,
    I REMEMBER THE CONCERT HERE IN MOBILE,AL. CONCERT WAS THE BEST SPECILALLY WITH MARVIN IN SHOW, HE WILL BE TRUELY MISSING HERE IN MOBILE. TO: FAMILY BE BLESS YOU’LL ARE IN OUR PRAYER.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MOBILE,A L. & PRICHARD,AL.
    MARY ANN W. NAYNAY43

  9. Marvin Sease, Tyrone Davis and Johnny Taylor the best in the business. As a Mississippi native I travel the Blue Circuit and had the pleasure of meeting all three. I know he’s in Soul Heaven now.

  10. Marvi Sease will truely be missed. He always put on a great show .And the last show I was at he show out as always. Marvin I will miss you so much my family is a down hearted blues family. When we lost Johnnie Taylor we didn’t no what to do, then we lost Tyrone Davis we were lost for word and now we are so dadden about your death but your music will live on with us.R.I.P. Marvin.

  11. Another Great One Gone And Left Us!!! Marvin will be truly missed, I have had the pleasure of going to his shows here in North Carolina. WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, MR. MARVIN SEASE____REST IN PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. “His task is to prove to me that he’ll be able to assume the role that Kenny Watson had, and that’s being a core special teams player, then move forward from there. From that point, we can establish his role on offense.”- Marvin Lewis

  13. a gr8 man oltho he wz neva in da mathaland bt hiz brought him dwn 2 africa . . very talented gr8 singer ” candy licker 4reva ” . . . long liv Mr marvin sease ///

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