Feed Your Good Dog friend, Ricky Steele and, American R&B singer, Jo Jo Benson struck up a friendship forty years ago at a time and place when it was unlikely for such a friendship to develop, but against the odds it did.
Jo Jo Benson had a successful career he loved. So much so, and despite his failing health, he worked to put together one last show on New Year’s Eve. That last show was not meant to be as he passed away two days before Christmas at the age of 73.
Ricky says that Jo Jo, a Columbus treasure “helped create the music that is the sound track of my life,” and for that he is grateful. So grateful that when he found that there was no money to have a proper burial for a man who had, through his music brought joy to so many, Ricky started a fund raising campaign to raise the money to properly bury a man who helped shape his life. A mitzvah.
Ricky believes people that followed Jo Jo’s music or saw him on stage would feel good about getting involved. To join the effort, visit gofundme.com/jo-jo-benson.