'What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others'. Pericles (495 - 429 b.c.)
b. Richard Pierce Havens, 21st January 1941, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
d. 22nd April 2013, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
The singer, who opened the festival at Woodstock in the late sixties, Richie Havens, has died. He was 72.
Richie had suffered a heart attack at his home.
Originally from Brooklyn, Richie was the eldest of nine children.
He sang Doo-Wop as a sixteen year old, as part of the ensemble, The McCrea Gospel Singers.
After leaving Brooklyn in his early twenties, Richie relocated to Greenwich Village.
Here he signed with the Douglas Records imprint and recorded two records for the label, before a move to the Verve Forecast label.
Richie released released the album ‘Mixed Bag’ in 1967 at the label.
Over the next two years, Richie released 5 Verve albums, including ‘Something Else Again’ (in 1968), ‘Electric Havens’ (in 1968) and ‘Richie Havens Record’ (in 1969).
His live performances made Richie an in demand performer, which led to his famous Woodstock appearance.
Richie’s set lasted for nearly three hours, as many of the performers were late in arriving.
During his set he revived the old spiritual ‘Motherless Child’ which he moulded into the song ‘Freedom’.
Richie later appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival in late August 1969.
He then set up his own label, entitled Stormy Forest, releasing ‘Stonehenge’ in 1970.
He also recorded his own version of the Beatles song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ during these sessions.
Richie released further albums for his label, including ‘The Great Blind Degree’ (in 1971), ‘Live On Stage’ (in 1972), ‘Portfolio’ (in 1973) and ‘Mixed Bag II’ (in 1974).
Richie began a creditable acting career at this time, appearing in the original 1972 stage presentation of ‘The Who's Tommy’.
He also appeared in Othello in the 1974 film ‘Catch My Soul’, as well as acting in ‘Greased Lightning’ in 1977, and appeared in the Bob Dylan movie ‘Hearts of Fire’.
In 1980, Richie recorded the album ‘Connections’, which contained his own version of the Lamont Dozier song ‘Going Back To My Roots’. Lamont Dozier said in 2004, that this version was his favourite take on this song.
Throughout the decade and into the Nineties, Richie continued a world touring schedule.
In 1993, he performed at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton and was the twentieth living recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in 1991.
In 2000, richie collaborated with Groove Armada for the song, ‘Hands of Time’, which was featured on the soundtrack of the film Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.
In 2002, he released ‘Wishing Well’, followed by the 2004 album ‘Grace of the Sun’.
In 2006, Richie was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
In 2008 he performed at the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony, and released the album ‘Nobody Left To Crown’.
In 2012, Richie announced on his Facebook page that he would stop touring after 45 years due to health concerns.
artie 'blues boy' white
b. 16th April 1937, Vicksburg, Missourri, U.S.A.
d. 20th April 2013, Harvey, Illinois, U.S.A.
The Chicago based Blues singer, Artie White has died. He was 76.
Archie was recently suffering from Parkinson's disease.
He will be best remembered for R&B hit, namely the 1977 single for the Altee imprint, 'Leanin' Tree'.
Artie sang with the Gospel ensemble, the Harps of David, at the age of 11 in Missourri.
Relocating to Chicago in 1956, he joined the ranks of the Full Gospel Wonders.
Artie then began to sing a more secular style of music, charting with the single 'Leanin Tree' in 1977.
He toured Chicago extensively on the success of the single, also running a blues club called 'Bootsy's Lounge'.
In 1985 he released the Ronn Records album 'Blues Boy'.
He signed with Ichiban Records in 1987, releasing 'Thangs Got To Change' in 1989.
In the Nineties, he had switched labels to the Waldoxy imprint, before moving to Gold Circle in the following decade.
cordell 'boogie' mosson
b. Cardell Mosson, 16th October 1952, Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.A.
d. 18th April 2013, U.S.A.
The bassist for the groups Funkadelic and Parliament, Cordell Mosson, has died. He was 60.
With Gary Shider, Cordell left New Jersey and traveled to Canada as a teenager.
The pair joined a group called United Soul, who led to an introduction to George Clinton, for the duo.
George produced some of the sides recorded by the group, which were later renamed U.S. Music with Funkadelic.
Gary and Cordell were then invited by George to join his ensembles called Parliament and Funkadelic.
From 1972 onwards, Cordell became an integral part of the groups, remaining with Funkadelic until the group disbanded.
Cordell's name as spelled on his birth certificate is Cardell Mosson.
Thgis led to some confusion regarding album credits on the group's sleeves.
Cordell is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of the groups Parliament and Funkadelic.
b. George Henry Jackson, 1936, Indianola, Mississippi, U.S.A.
d. 14th April 2013, Ridgeland, Mississippi, U.S.A.
The R&B Southern Soul singer, George Jackson, has died. He was 77.
George was a very talented songwriter, who was much in demand by many major label artists as well as the lesser known performers..
His personal recorded output suffered somewhat, releasing 15 or so releases in a career that spanned over two decades.
More recently, he had undertaken something of a renaissance in his career, with a Kent/Ace retrospective of some 50 unreleased melodies seeing the light of day in 2012 on the double CD ‘Don’t Count Me Out - The Fame Recordings’.
George was born in Mississippi in the mid thirties.
In his capacity as a writer, George’s Goldwax and Fame Records output in the 1960’s and Hi and Sounds Of Memphis in the 1970’s, have become legendary on the Soul scene.
George also wrote for the Malaco imprint, which led to his writing manifesting itself in the form of the Osmond Brothers hit ‘One Bad Apple’, ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’ for Bob Seger and the Otis Clay song The Only Way Is Up’, which later became a U.K. number one hit for the group Yazz.
George passed away from cancer on the 14th Of April 2013 in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
b. Vincent Montana Jr, 12th February 1928, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. 13th April 2013, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.A.
The hugely influential composer, arranger and percussionist, Vince Montana Jnr., has died. He was 85.
During his career, he was a pivotal member of the ensemble M.F.S.B., and was the founder of the Salsoul Orchestra.
Both orchestra’s were based in the legendary Sigma Sound Studio’s in Philadelphia.
Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Vince played in local dance clubs at the age of sixteen.
During the Fifties he performed as a backing musician for the likes of Sarah Vaughn and Charlie Parker.
He relocated to Las Vegas for a short while, before moving back to Philadelphia and commencing work for various imprints, including Cameo Parkway and Chancellor Records.
He later worked with a huge number of Soul artists, including the Delfonics, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the O'Jays, Johnny Mathis, Eddie Kendricks, Billy Paul, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Intruders, the Trammps, Blue Magic, Lou Rawls, the Whispers, Wilson Pickett, Grace Jones, Charo, Cissie Houston, Deniece Williams, the Jacksons, Brenda and the Tabulations, and Barbara Mason.
In addition to those projects, Vince more recently worked with the House Music group, Masters at Work, who had given the Salsoul sound something of a renaissance in recent years.
His songwriting techniques are considered fundamental in the structure of the Disco Music genre.
In recent years, Vince could be found working on various songs such as 'New York City Boy' by the Pet Shop Boys.
b. Donald Blackman, 1st September 1953, Queens, New York, U.S.A.
d. 11th April 2013, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
The American pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, Don Blackman has died. He was 59.
Don passed away after a long fight against cancer.
At the beginning of the 1970's, Don played with the likes of Parliament, Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Roy Ayers.
He later became a member of Lenny White's group Twennynine.
Don penned the tracks 'Peanut Butter' and 'Morning Sunrise' for the group.
He released his self-titled debut solo album in 1982 on the Arista Records imprint.
'Don Blackman' contained the songs 'Holding You, Loving You', 'Heart's Desire' and 'Since You've Been Away So Long.
The album later became a rare groove release in the later eighties, with 'Holding You, Loving You', later being sampled on the hip hop track 'Too Complex' by L. The Head Toucha.
Don wrote many tracks as a session musician for the likes of Kurtis Blow, Bernard Wright, Sting, Roy Ayers, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur.
In 2002, Don returned to solo recording with a new single release on Expansion Records entitled 'Coming To You, Coming To Me', a tune that featured Tonni Smith on background vocals.
An album, entitled 'Listen' was released in July 2002 on Expansion Records in the U.K., some 20 years after his debut outing.
The album featured the final recording sessions by the late Weldon Irvine Jnr, a close personal friend of Don's.
deke richards (the corporation)
left: fonce mizell, deke and freddie perren (the corporation)
b. Deke Richards a.k.a. Dennis Lussier and Deke Lussier, 8th April 1944, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. 24th March 2013, Whatcom Hospice House, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.
The songwriter and record producer, Deke Richards, has died. He was 68.
Deke passed away on the 24th of March 2013 following a battle with esophageal cancer.
He was a member of the Motown Records songwriting team, the Corporation during the late Sixties and early Seventies.
The Corporation also included Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell and Freddie Perren.
Deke was also a member of the songwriting team, the Clan (who also featured R. Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson and Pam Sawyer).
The Corporation wrote and produced many of Motown’s most famous songs, including The Jackson 5's ‘I Want You Back’, ‘ABC’, ‘’Goin’ Back To Indiana’, ‘The Love You Save’, ‘Mama's Pearl’, and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’.
Deke also penned ‘Love Child’ for Diana Ross & The Supremes, and Diana Ross’ No. 1 U.K. solo hit, ‘I’m Still Waiting’.
In other endeavours, Deke wrote and produced material for Bobby Darin, Bonnie Bramlett and Martha and the Vandellas.
His father was the Hollywood screenwriter Dane Lussier (Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, The Pilgrim Lady, The Lady Wants Mink).
More recently, Deke was still involved in music, producing the Jackson 5's 2012 release of rareties, ‘Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls’.
Deke is survived buy his wife, Joan Lussier, his brother Dane Lussier, and two nephews, Chris Lussier and Cory Lussier.
floyd 'buddy' mccrae (of the chords)
floyd in 2012
b. Floyd Franklin 'Buddy' McRae Jr., 1st October 1927, The Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
d. 19th March 2013, The Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
The last survivor, and second tenor, from the doo-wop group the Chords, Floyd McCrae, has died at the Montifiore Medical Center nursing home in the Bronx. He was 85.
Floyd was a member of the group, the Keynotes, who then became the Chords.
Their best remembered song was, originally, a b-side to a 1954 single entitled 'Cross Over The Bridge'.
'Sh-Boom' (Life Could Be A Dream) has become a doo-wop classic, and was credited as one of the songs which brought R&B music from black audiences into the white musical environment in 1954.
The Chords later became the Chordcats, and finally, the Sh-Booms before going their seperate ways in 1959.
Do check the Chords page link below.
bobby smith (of the detroit spinners)
b. Robert Steel Smith (a.k.a. Bobbie Smith), 10th April 1936, Abbeville, Wilcox County, Georgia, U.S.A.
d. 16th March 2013, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
The singer with the group, the Spinners (later known as the Motown Spinners and the Detroit Spinners), Bobby Smith has died. He was 76.
Bobby was the lead singer with the group going back to the groups early days.
He was the lead singer on the Spinners initial 1961 hit ’That’s What Girls Are Made For’ b/w 'Heebie Jeebies' for the Tri-Phi imprint, alongside George Dixon, Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough and Pervis Jackson.
Bobby sang on the third 1962 Tri-Phi 45 'Itching For My Baby, But I Don't Know Where To Scratch' b/w 'What Did She Use?'.
He went on to sing lead vocals for the group throughout the Sixties, including the group’s Motown material, and went on to feature as lead vocalist for the groups Atlantic tenure during the Seventies.
Bobby's vocals are showcased on some of Soul Music’s evergreen songs, including ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’, ‘I’ll Be Around’, ‘Games People Play’, ‘’Then Came You’, It’s A Shame’ and ‘I’ll Always Love You’
He has, at times, been a literally, unsung lead singer of the Spinners, with the late Phillipe Wynne receiving the accolades for several sides fronted by Bobby.
Bobby’s passing, along with fellow Spinners members Billy Henderson in 2007, and bass singer Pervis Jackson in August 2008, now only leaves Henry Fambrough as the last remaining original member of this classic ensemble.
b. Robert Edward Rogers Jr., 18th February 1940, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 3rd March 2013, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Bobby Rogers of the group, the Miracles, has died. He was 73.
Bobby passed away at his home in Detroit, from an undisclosed illness.
During his career, Bobby was an accomplished songwriter, additionally sharing a partnership with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles for over 5 decades.
He was cosongwriter on the several evergreen Motown classics, including The Temptations' 'The Way You Do the Things You Do', The Contours' 'First I Look at the Purse' and The Miracles''"Going to a Go-Go'.
Bobby formed the Miracles in 1956, along with cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White and Smokey Robinson.
He sang on several of their classics, including 'Shop Around', 'You've Really Got a Hold on Me', 'The Tracks of My Tears', 'Going to a Go-Go', 'Ooh Baby Baby ', 'I Second That Emotion' and 'The Tears of a Clown'.
Bobby shared his birthday with Smokey Robinson, and later both attended the Detroit Northern High School.
He made an appearance on the Marvin Gaye song 'What's Going On', being heard saying 'It's just a groovy party, man, I can dig it' in the opening bars.
The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, although Bobby was too ill to attend the ceremony.
Bobby was married to Wanda Young of the Marvelettes in the early 1960's, the marriage ending in divorce in the 1970s.
Bobby is survived by his wife Joan, and four children: Bobbae, Gina, Kimberly & Robert III.
Smokey Robinson said of Bobby Rogers:
'Another soldier in my life has fallen. Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much'.
b. Richard Allen Street, 5th October 1942, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 27th February 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Richard Street, of the groups, the Monitors and the Temptations, has died. He was 70.
He had suffered a pulmonary embolism whilst in hospital.
Richard was was married to The Velvelettes' lead singer Carolyn Gill between 1969 and 1983.
As a youngster, he aspired to become a professional athlete.
In 1955, Richard joined the group the Distants, a group whose line up also included the Temptation members, Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin.
He also vocally coached the Supremes in their early days.
Richard later moved on to sing i the group, the Monitors.
When the Monitors went their separate ways, Richard began working in the quality control group at the Motown label.
He became a key figure in the line up of the Temptations throughout the Seventies and Eighties, leaving the group in 1993.
Richard contributed to many of the Temptations most famous recordings, including 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone', 'Heavenly', 'Aiming At Your Heart' and 'Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)'.
He also toured on occasion with the recently departed Damon Harris and worked with Damon in bringing awareness to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
b. Cleotha ‘Cleedi’ Staples, b. 11th April 1934, Drew, Mississippi, U.S.A.
d. 21st February 2013, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
The Staples Singers vocalist Cleotha ‘Cleedi’ Staples has died. She was 78.
One of the founding members of the gospel group, Cleotha had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the last decade.
She passed away at home on the 21st of February 2013.
The Staples Singers played a large role in brining the Gospel message into the mainstream of music across the previous 5 decades.
Cleotha was the oldest child of Staple Singers leader Roebuck 'Pops' Staples and Oceola Staples.
She was enrolled into the family group, initially with her sister Mavis and brother Pervis.
Following a successful period during the 1950's, the Staples Singers played a large part in the Civil Rights Movement during the Sixties, performing alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on many occasions.
In 1968, Cleotha’s sister, Yvonne, replaced Pervis in the group, whilst the group moved into a more secular musical environment.
The Staples released eight top-20 singles, including 'I’ll Take You There' (in 1972) and, the Curtis Mayfield penned, 'Let’s Do It Again' (in 1975).
In 1999, Cleotha was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Staple Singers.
The group continued to play concerts until 2000, when Pops Staples died at the age of 85.
Mavis still pursue's a solo career.
b. Otis Robert Harris Jnr., 17th July 1950, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
d. 18th February 2013, Joseph Richey Hospice, 838 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
The former Temptations member Damon Harris has died. Damon was 62.
He had been suffering from prostate cancer.
Damon took the place of Eddie Kendricks, one of the original lead singers of the Temptations group.
He contributed to several albums including 'All Directions' (in 1972), which featured 'Papa Was A Rollin' Stone'.
Damon was the lead singer between the years 1971 to 1975.
He was only 20-years-old when he joined the group in 1971.
Damon, later, formed a Temptations tribute band called The Young Tempts (who were also known as The Young Vandals).
He was also a member of the group Impact.
As a solo artist, Damon released the album ‘Damon Harris: Silk’ in 1978 for the Fantasy Records imprint.
He re-released the album in 1995.
He was diagnosed for cancer whilst making a comeback, and in 1997 the Motown Alumni Association started working with Damon on the creation of the Damon Harris Prostate Cancer Foundation in Canton, Michigan.
DAMON HARRIS FUNERAL INFORMATION:
Wednesday February, 27, 2013
Viewing: 4pm. TO 8pm.
Viewing & Flowers
Vaughn Greene Funeral Home
1515 Baltimore National Pike
Baltimore, Maryland 21229
Thursday February 28, 2013
Wake: 11am/ Funeral 12noon
Emon Baptist Church
601 N. Schroeder
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
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b. Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, 9th December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 4th February 2013, Dover, Delaware, U.S.A.
The Jazz trumpeter, band leader and songwriter, Donald Byrd has died. He was 80 years old.
Donald passed away in Delaware on the 4th of February.
Most fondly remembered for a series of classic fusion albums, recorded with Fonce and Larry Mizell, throughout the Seventies, he will, probably be best remembered for the dancers 'Dominoes', and the Seventies chart single 'Change (Makes You Wanna Hustle)'.
In his early years, Donald attended Cass Technical High School.
He performed, at one time, with Lionel Hampton, and earned a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University.
Donald later earned a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
In the mid fifties he recorded with Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron, and also recorded with the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock
In the 1970s, Donald took to jazz fusion and R&B, working with the Mizell Brothers from 1973.
He recorded the hugely regarded albums 'Blackbyrd', 'Street Lady', 'Places and Spaces' and 'Stepping into Tomorrow' for the blue note imprint.
In 1973, Donald created the group The Blackbyrds, an R&B group consisting of his best students.
The Blackbyrds are best remembered for the hits 'Happy Music','Walking In Rhythm', 'Soft and Easy' and 'Rock Creek Park'.
Whilst at the North Carolina Central University during the early 1980s, he formed Donald Byrd & the 125th St NYC Band.
They released the club hit 'Love has Come Around', which moved the performer into a more commercial musical environment.
Donald taught at the Rutgers University, the Hampton Institute, New York University, Howard University, Queens College, Oberlin College, Cornell University, North Carolina Central University and the Delaware State University.
Apart from his master's from Manhattan School of Music, Donald had two master's degrees from Columbia University.
He received a law degree in 1976, and his doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1982.
b. Cecil Dale Womack, (a.k.a. Zekuumba Zekkariyas), 25th September 1947, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 1st February 2013, Johannesburg, South Arica.
The songwriter and performer, Cecil Womack, has died. He was 65.
Cecil passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa. The causes relate to an ongoing complication to a spinal injury he suffered in 2010.
His injury was caused whilst the family were in transit in the South of France at the time.
Another vehicle, allegedly, intentionally crashed into the rear of their car, with the intention of forcing the vehicle from the road.
Cecil had recently returned to Johannesburg for treatment to the worsening injury, which proved to be fatal in time.
Along with his brothers (Bobby, Harry, Friendly and Curtis), Cecil was a featured vocalist in the family group the Valentino’s, during the early Sixties.
He became a hugely respected songwriter in the following decade, forming his own group (with his wife Linda, the daughter of Sam Cooke) in the Eighties, under the family name Womack and Womack.
Cecil was the husband, at one time, of the former Motown Records artist, Mary Wells.
With Womack and Womack, Cecil and Linda released ‘Love Wars’, their debut release in 1983.
They released several albums over the next decade, the most successful single being ‘Teardrops’ in 1988.
In 1993, along with their seven children, recorded under the name of The House of Zekkariyas (the couple discovered ancestral family ties to that tribe), with Cecil adopting the name Zekuumba Zekkariyas.
Cecil Womack songs have been recorded by many artists, including Boz Scaggs, Teddy Pendergrass, Micheal McDonald, Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, George Benson, The Dramatics, The Dells, Patti Labelle and his brother Bobby Womack.
b. Leroy Roosevelt Bonner, 14th March 1943, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 26th January 2013, Trotwood, Ohio, U.S.A.
Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner, of the group the Ohio Players, has died. He was 69.
Leroy passed away on Saturday the 26th of January, following a battle with cancer in Trotwood, Ohio.
With a career covering some 56 years, he died just before his 70th birthday.
Leroy was the lead singer and guitarist of the Ohio Players since he joined the band in 1971.
The Ohio Players were originally formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959, and were known as the Ohio Untouchables.
Based in Dayton, the Ohio Players achieved a huge amount of success throughout the Seventies, with songs including ‘Fire’, ‘Skin Tight’ and ‘Love Rollercoaster’.
Leroy released one solo album, entitled ’Sugar Kiss’ in 1985.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
left: Sam Pace
b. Sammie L. Pace, b. 22nd September 1944, Kansas City, Missourri, U.S.A.
d. 7th January 2013, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sam Pace, of the group the Esquires has died. He was 68.
Sam had been suffering from a long illness.
A native of Kansas City, Sam joined the Milwaukee-based group in 1961, four years after the band were formed.
The Esquires scored a major hit in 1967, with the song 'Get On Up'.
Further details of the groups career are linked below.
Sam performed with the group up until the band ceased performing in 2007.
He was married to Patricia Moorer, a younger sister of the Moorer brothers.
Sam is survived by his wife, Patricia Pace, daughters Tammy Pace and Toni Dinkins, son Sam Pace Jr., and brothers Louis Elder, Robert Pace, Cedric Elder and Allen Pace.
b. Louis Wilson, a.k.a 'Sweet Lou' Wilson, Panama.
d. 7th January 2013, Southern California, U.S.A.
Lou Wilson, trumpeter, vocalist and found member of the funk band Mandrill has died. His passing is noted on the band's Facebook page.
Mandrill were formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1968.
Formed by three brothers: Carlos Wilson (trombone, vocals), Lou Wilson (trumpet, vocals) and Ric Wilson (sax, vocals), the siblings were born in Panama and grew up in Brooklyn.
Their most successful album, ‘Composite Truth’, was released in 1973, and featrued the hit single, ‘Fencewalk’.
Their 1977 song, 'Can You Get It (Suzy Caesar)', became very popular on the U.K. dancefloors, and was produced by Jeff Lane.
Mandrills music has been sampled by many later R&B artists.