Alabama 3 star Jake Black who composed The Sopranos theme tune dies

Jake Black has died, members of his band Alabama 3 confirmed.

The musician, who co-wrote the song used as the theme tune for The Sopranos, died just a few days after performing at a festival.

Jake was taken ill after playing a show with his band on Friday.

He died in hospital on Tuesday, but his cause of death is not yet known.

Jake, who hailed from Glasgow, founded band Alabama 3 with fellow singer Rob Spragg in 1995.

They recorded a dozen albums made up of a groundbreaking electronic fusion of country, blues and acid house music.

The band's biggest hit, Woke Up This Morning was used for the opening credits of gangster drama The Sopranos.

The show's creator David Chase once said he knew the song was the perfect choice for one episode the first time he heard it, but producers decided to use it for the opening sequence of every episode.

The song was actually based on the true story of a British woman who shot her husband dead after years of abuse.

The band were reportedly paid £31,500 for use of the song.

Jake, who was also known by the nickname, The Very Reverend D Wayne Love, once told The Times: "It's totally ironic that we, who disapprove of anything villains do, should be picked for the theme song of a show that shows the human side of villains."

Jake was thought to be in his late 50s at the time of his death.

The band's harmonica player, Nick Reynolds, told Sky News : "Jake was a great raconteur and wit – he could bring the house down with an acid quip.

"An intellectual polymath, he would call my dad and they would speak for hours bouncing from Genet to Burroughs, Russell or Fellini, to Merckx or Coppi.

"We've lost a truly great and unique frontman, his disciples have lost their favourite minister. RIP Jake, Gone but never forgotten."

A tribute on the band's Facebook page said: "Early this afternoon, on a beautiful summer's day, our friend, comrade and spiritual teacher, Jake Black AKA The Very Reverend D.Wayne Love, passed over to the higher ground.

"After a magnificent performance at the Highest Point Festival in Lancashire, D.Wayne in his supreme wisdom, decided it was the appropriate moment for his ascension into the next level. We are heartbroken.

"All that remains for us, at this moment, is to carry out his precise instructions regarding the continuation of his teachings as a First Minister of The Presleyterian Church of Elvis The Divine, and continue The Great Work.

"His last words, which we have yet to decipher, were "Tweet Tweet, Possil Fleet".

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