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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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Diana Ross

Posted on 25 October 2017 by Brian Walsh

Diana Ross will receive the Lifetime Achievement honor at the American Music Awards November 19 in Los Angeles.

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Fats Domino

Posted on 25 October 2017 by Brian Walsh

Antoine “Fats” Domino, pioneering R&B and Rock pianist and vocalist, died Tuesday night (October 24) at his home in Harvey, Louisiana at the age of 89, surrounded by his family. Born in the New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward, he was taught to play piano by his brother-in-law and played with the band “The Solid Senders” there in the ‘40s. Embarking upon a solo career, he recorded “The Fat Man” with producer Dave Bartholmew in 1949 for Imperial Records. It began a string of successes for Fats and Dave (who often co-wrote the songs), such as “Blueberry Hill” (#2-1957), “I’m In Love Again” (#3-1956), “I’m Walkin’” (#4-1957), “Blue Monday” (#5-1957) and “Whole Lotta Loving” (#6-1959). All told, Fats appeared 66 times on the pop charts alone and a dozen top ten R&B hits before that. He was feared dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but it was later learned he had been rescued by the Coast Guard and taken to Baton Rouge. Fats was an initial inductee into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame in 1986. He received a Lifetime Achivement Grammy in 1987. He was given the National Medal of the Arts in 1998. Fats appeared in the movies “Shake, rattle And Rock!” and “The Girl Can’t Help It” in 1956. His last public performance was ten years ago.

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