Della Reese passed away Sunday, November 19 at the age of 86. She had been in failing health over the past year.
In the 70s, Della focused on acting and built a successful career. She appeared in 10 theatrical films including "Harlem Nights", and over 20 films made for television. She also had parts in over three dozen television series, most notably "Touched By An Angel"
On the Hot 100, Della charted 10 times between 1957 and 1966. Three reached the Top 40, with this tune peaking at #2 and topping the R & B charts in late 1959.
Della Reese also appeared on "Chico & The Man" from 1976-1978-Before "Touched By An Angel",she co-starred with Redd Foxx on the sitcom "The Royal Family"-Unfortunately,the series was cancelled after Foxx died of a heart attack in 1991.