Joseph Anthony Fiddler Obituary – Death: Detroit soul legend Amp Fiddler Has Passed Away, Cause Of Death
Detroit soul icon Joseph Anthony Fiddler, known as Amp Fiddler, passed away at the age of 65. The news was initially reported by Faith Fanzine on December 18th via X (formerly Twitter), hailing him as “the king of the new era of Detroit soul.” The cause of death remains undisclosed, but Fiddler had initiated a crowdfunding campaign last December to aid his recovery from an undisclosed illness as he prepared to return to the stage.
Two fundraising events were held at Detroit venues Marble Bar and Spot Lite in the past week to support Fiddler’s journey. A prominent figure in the Detroit music scene, Fiddler leaves behind a significant musical legacy. As a singer, songwriter, producer, and keyboardist, he started his career with the soul group Enchantment in the ’70s before joining George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic in the following decade. His collaborations expanded across genres, working with artists like Prince, Jamiroquai, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, and J Dilla, whom he mentored in the use of the Akai MPC drum machine.
Fiddler’s musical contributions graced labels such as Mahogani Music and Sound Signature, with his last release being the collaborative single “Come On Over” with Luke Solomon in June. Beyond his musical pursuits, Fiddler was also a dedicated music educator, founding the music production school Camp Amp in Los Angeles during the ’80s. Upon returning to Detroit, he continued to inspire local youth by encouraging their involvement in music. Renowned artists such as Dilla, Waajeed, and Andrés were among those who received tutelage from him.
To honor Amp Fiddler’s legacy, revisit his track “Dreamin’,” explore his RA Exchange from 2017, and read heartfelt tributes shared on social media. His impact on the music community will be remembered and celebrated for years to come.