"Let It Whip" songwriter and producer Reggie Andrews dies

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    (June 24, 2022) The last 24 hours have been devastating for soul music fans, with multiple notable passings. And now we have found out that noted songwriter, producer and pianist Reggie Andrews has passed, causes undisclosed. Andrews is most noted for co-writing and producing the Grammy Award winning smash hit "Let It Whip" for The Dazz Band. He later became a music teacher at Locke High School in Los Angeles, California, where he served until 2010.

    Andrews also formed the L.A. band Karma, and mentored many notable artists, including Patrice Rushen and Tyrese. He also played with Donald Byrd, and when affiliated with Motown, worked with Switch, and DeBarge, and on the Rick James smash "Super Freak."

    (June 24, 2022) The last 24 hours have been devastating for soul music fans, with multiple notable passings. And now we have found out that noted songwriter, producer and pianist Reggie Andrews has passed, causes undisclosed. Andrews is most noted for co-writing and producing the Grammy Award winning smash hit "Let It Whip" for The Dazz Band. He later became a music teacher at Locke High School in Los Angeles, California, where he served until 2010.

    Andrews also formed the L.A. band Karma, and mentored many notable artists, including Patrice Rushen and Tyrese. He also played with Donald Byrd, and when affiliated with Motown, worked with Switch, and DeBarge, and on the Rick James smash "Super Freak."

    Dazz Band co-founder Michael J. Calhoun told us, "Certainly, Reggie was a super producer, teacher mentor and great human being. Unfortunately, I didn't know him well, but will forever be grateful that he requested me to play guitar on the Joystick album, not long after leaving the Dazz Band." Similarly, many other artists, and especially those who worked with Andrews at Motown or in the Los Angeles music scene, expressed their grief today. Rest in peace, Mr. Andrews.

     
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