The funeral of US singer Solomon King, who recorded the song She Wears My Ring, is taking place in Oklahoma on Monday.
Solomon King had two UK hits in the 1960s
The singer, who died in Oklahoma aged 73, had been suffering from cancer.
King, the first white singer to tour with blues legend Billie Holiday, had solo hits in the 1960s with She Wears My Ring and When We Were Young.
A service will be held in Virginia later this week, as well as a commemoration in Manchester in the UK.
King lived in Manchester for 20 years, after marrying Canadian journalist Henny Lowy in 1960. The couple had four children.
King was born Allen Levy in Lexington, Kentucky, and was noted for his height as well as his singing.
At 6ft 8in it is said some TV interviewers refused to have him on their shows unless he sat down.
King's chart success in the UK began with She Wears My Ring, which was a top five hit in 1967. When We Were Young was a hit the following year.
After his marriage to Lowy ended in 1980, he moved back to the US, where he married twice more.
He continued singing in clubs in the US on his return.