Huntington, WV Black History

Dorsey Bass


Dorsey Bass was a musician who was recognized locally and nationally for his achievements, mentorship and commitment to service.

Bass was a lifelong Huntington resident.  After graduating from Huntington High School, he served in the Vietnam War and received a Purple Heart after being wounded.

Bass hosted the Marshall University WMUL gospel music station for more than 16 years and worked with the United States Postal Service until his retirement.

He would travel to churches every Sunday to support them, even after a long day supporting his own church. He served as a father figure to many young men in the community.  He excelled at playing a Hammond B3 organ. He inspired many musicians in West Virginia and throughout the United States.

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