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Brad Wete
August 03, 2011 at 05:08 PM EDT

Singer-songwriter Eugene McDaniels, who wrote the classic R&B single “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” died July 29 at his home in Kittery Point, Maine after a brief illness at 76, the New York Times reports.

McDaniels’ first hit record came in 1961 with “A Hundred Pounds of Clay” and “Tower of Strength.”

He wrote a several cuts inspired by societal issues, like “Compared to What.” Still, his most transcendent hit is “Love,” which Roberta Flack took to No. 1 in 1974.

In addition to Flack’s version, it’s been covered artists ranging from D’Angelo to George Benson. Listen to Flack’s rendition below.

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