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Robert Wilson of the Gap Band dies

     

Gap Band / Charlie WilsonRobert Wilson, 1/3 of the Wilson brothers who made up legendary R&B/funk group The Gap Band, has died of a massive heart attack in his Palmdale, California home. He was 53.  Wilson was known as the "Godfather of Bass Guitar" for his unique, funky style of playing.

Though never given just due by music critics, for the better part of a decade the Gap Band created some 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.

Formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 70s by brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson, the Gap Band largely 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.  READ MORE...

 

 

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This is so sad that such a

This is so sad that such a talented musician died that young.

He was quite a player. Loved

He was quite a player. Loved their early, funky stuff. RIP Robert.

Oh no. I love the Gap Band.

Oh no. I love the Gap Band. He is in a better place now.

Another great talent has

Another great talent has passed on. RIP Robert!

Teresa M. Davis

Such a musical legacy! RIP,

Such a musical legacy! RIP, Robert Wilson. Truly OUTSTANDING!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjtOzLfebgY

This has been a bad year for

This has been a bad year for music in general.
RIP Mr Wilson.

He was a very good player

He was a very good player who made sure the bottom in their records was correct. Wow ! we are losing so many players at an early age.

So many too soon! All the

So many too soon! All the ones I grew up with. They will all be sadly missed.

The gap Band is one of my

The gap Band is one of my favorites from back in the day when music was REAL music. I have missed the brothers that last few times I've seen Charlie Wilson and wondered where they were. I too say rest in peace Robert Wilson.

"The Gap Band" will never be

"The Gap Band" will never be the same.
Sleep in the Power my brother Robert Wilson.
Sir D.J.

I LOVE THE GAP BAND, I WILL

I LOVE THE GAP BAND, I WILL MISS ROBERT, HE REALLY PUTS ON A SHOW FOR THE LADIES. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.

The GAP Band was the BOMB!!

The GAP Band was the BOMB!! Man! It saddens me greatly. This band did not get their just due. Maybe now recognition will come. RIP Mr.Robert Wilson.

I'm saddened by this....The

I'm saddened by this....The Gap Band is one of my faves. Outstanding is one of my favorite songs EVER!

I was really sad to hear

I was really sad to hear about Robert's sudden passing. Praying for his family's strength through this tough time.

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Much love to the GAP band -

Much love to the GAP band - rest in peace to Robert Wilson.