Soul man NATHANIEL MAYER has died in Detroit, Michigan. He was 64.
The Village of Love singer vanished from the music scene in the late 1960s, but started performing again in 2002.
His last album, Why Don't You Give It To Me, released in 2007, featured collaborations with the Black Keys and Dirtbombs.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.