Ten years ago, when I first began to get to know folks in my generation of record collectors, we were all mostly in our 20s. One of the nicest, classiest dudes in the game was Aaron Anderson, a DJ/collector out in Detroit. For many years, Aaron had been dealing with a rare form of brain cancer that for a long, blessed while, had gone into remission. However, earlier this year, it returned in an inoperable form and I am extremely saddened to report that Aaron passed away last night.
I didn’t know him well but from every mutual friend we shared, Aaron was incredibly well-respect and admired. I interacted with him over email to ask about a few songs and he couldn’t have been more gracious and kind to someone who, more or less, was a stranger.
Here’s one of the songs he was kind enough to share with me, an ultra-rare beauty of a modern soul track:
Jelly: Everybody Needs Lovin
From 7″ (Fu-Ja, 1978)
RIP Aaron; you will be missed.