Archive | November, 2017

Keith Wilder

Posted on 14 November 2017 by Brian Walsh

Keith Wilder, lead singer and co-founder of Heatwave with his late brother Johnny, died Sunday (October 29) at the age of 68. The Dayton, Ohio native joined Johnny (who had been performing in Germany) in England in 1975. Signed to GTO Records there (and distributed by Epic Records in the US), they hit the charts with funk hits like “Boogie Nights” (#2-1977), “The Groove Line” (#7-1978) and the ballad “Always And Forever” (#18-1978). Keith continued to perform in various incarnations of the group over the years, even after the paralysis and later death of Johnny.

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Robert Night

Posted on 14 November 2017 by Brian Walsh

Robert Knight, best remembered for the original hit version of “Everlasting Love” (#13-1967), died Sunday (November 5) in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he had been in critical care for the past two weeks. The Franklin, Tennessee native was 72. While still in high school, Robert joined with other students in a 4-man called the Paramounts that recorded a minor R&B hit for Dot Records in 1960. The group disbanded though, which led to a contract breech that kept him from recording for the next five years. During that time he studied chemistry at Tennessee State University and began singing with another group, the Fairlanes. Discovered by Buzz Cason, he was signed to Buzz’s Rising Sons Records and given “Everlasting Love” (co-written by Buzz). A follow-up, “Blessed Are The Lonely”, only got to #97 early the following year, as did “Isn’t It Lonely Together” (written by Ray Stevens) for Elf Records later in 1968. With his singing career at a standstill, Robert went to work at Vanderbilt University as a lab technician, chemistry teacher and even a member of the grounds crew.

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