Ira Tucker, the leader of the gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds, died Tuesday at the age of 83. I discovered this while double-checking the directions to Prospect Park for tonight's Carolina Chocolate Drops/Dixie Hummingbirds show. The show will go on tonight (weather permitting), and the Hummingbirds will pay tribute to their fallen leader. And the end of the New York Times obit both makes me smile and breaks my heart:
"The day before he died, his son said, Mr. Tucker tried to sing and could not. So he said he was going to switch careers and become a comedian, and spent the rest of the day cracking jokes."
Go to Brooklyn tonight if you can and pay your respects. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are great, too. Showtime's 7:30 p.m.