William Daron Pulliam-- best known to many as the soul singer Darondo-- died this week at his home in northern California. He was 66. The cause of death is said to have been heart failure and it's worth noting that his most recent scheduled performance was at last year's Bonnaroo festival-- one that Darondo nixed at the last minute citing health concerns.
By all accounts a colorful and interesting character, Darondo lived a life to match. His stint singing and recording in the 1970's was followed by a role as a local late night TV staple, a guitarist in a crusie ship band and, finally, a student and massge therapist. Recent years saw an unlikely surge in his popularity as a singer, thanks largely to the inclusion BBC radio DJ Gilles Peterson made to his rotations of the song "Didn't I," which was subsequently featured in a rather notable scene from Breaking Bad's first season.
Ubiquity/Luv n' Haight released a collection of Darondo's early recordings as Let My People Go back in 2006, while an additional collection of mostly unreleased material appeared on Omnivore as Listen to My Song: The Music City Sessions in 2011.