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Edwin Hawkins

Posted on 16 January 2018 by Brian Walsh

Edwin Hawkins, leader of the gospel Edwin Hawkins Singers of “Oh Happy Day” fame (#4-1969), died Monday (January 15) at his home in Pleasanton, California at the age of 74. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Born in Oakland, he sang in church and family choirs before founding the 46-member Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ. They were renamed the Edwin Hawkins Singers when an album was recorded for Pavillion Records. The group also backed up Melanie on her #6 hit in 1970, “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain). Edwin was elected to the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Ray Thomas

Posted on 13 January 2018 by Brian Walsh

Ray Thomas, original memember, flautist and vocalist with the Moody Blues, died Thursday (January 4) at the age of 76.A cause of death was not given, but Ray had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. Ray was with the group from its inception until his retirement in 2002. He was scheduled to be inducted with the group into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame later this year. He wrote many of the group’s tunes, including “For My Lady” (flip side of “I’m Just A Singer in 1973).

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Danny Woods

Posted on 13 January 2018 by Brian Walsh

Danny Woods, singer with the Detroit-based Chairmen of the Board on such hits as “Give Me Just A Little More Time” (#3-1970) and “Pay To The Piper” (#13-1971), died Friday (January 12). The Atlanta native was 73. The group was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

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