Thursday, May 26, 2022

WE REMEMBER: Gap Band’s Ronnie Wilson Dies After Long Illness At 73

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Ronnie Wilson


*Linda Boulware-Wilson, Ronnie Wilson’s wife confirmed to TMZ that he died at 10:01 AM Tuesday at his home in Tulsa, OK. She said he died peacefully and that she was holding his hand as he took his last breath.

Linda says the Gap Band co-founder suffered a stroke last week, and it put him into a semi-coma and he never recovered. He suffered several strokes throughout the years.

In a Facebook post, Linda remembered her late husband as a “genius with creating, producing and playing the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards and singing music.”

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Earlier we reported …

*We’ve just learned of the passing of the members of the legendary Gap Band: Ronnie Wilson.

Here’s what is reporting:

Ronnie Wilson, 1/3 of the Wilson brothers who made up legendary R&B/funk group The Gap Band, has died after a long illness. Wilson was 73-years-old. Several family members and friends have posted their obituaries on social media.

Though never given just due by music critics, for the better part of a decade the Gap Band created great music that has increased in stature over time and has influenced a new generation of artists who have liberally borrowed from the Gap sound in creating modern soul and hip-hop albums.

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Formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 70s by brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson, the Gap Band often mimicked musical pioneers George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire before developing their own distinctive sound in the early 80s that propelled them to the forefront of soul and funk music. Named as an acronym for three streets in Tulsa, the Gap Band spent most of the 70s as backing musicians or as the warm-up act for visiting artists ranging from the Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson.

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