*Just like that we’ve lost an other soul legend. And like the last one to pass, Melvin Edmomds (of After 7), he wasn’t especially known by casual music fans. We’re speaking of singer Willie Ford of The Dramatics. He was 68.
Unfortunately, at this time we don’t have specific details of his health prior to his passing except that he had just had surgery, according to legendary singer, writer and producer, Michael Henderson who spoke to EUR’s Lee Bailey.
When asked his thoughts about Ford’s passing, Henderson tributed Ford with this compliment:
“He was one the greatest bass singers of all time … along with Melvin Franklin of The Temptations.”
Henderson, who was shaken by his friend’s death, said that it was only a couple of days ago that he was speaking with Ford who was resting at home. He says the basso profondo told him he was ready to get back to work.
If he had gone back to work, it most likely would’ve been as part of one of two traveling groups touring under the Dramatics name. One led by L. J. Reynolds (and featuring Kelly, Donald Albert and Leon Franklin) and the other, newer group was led by Ford, according to Soul Tracks.
In our musical tribute to Ford, scroll down and watch his performance as he leads off the beginning of The Dramatic’s cover of Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” and several of the group’s other hit songs.