Ronnie Wilson Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Cause of Death

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Ronnie Wilson Wiki – Ronnie Wilson Biography

Ronnie Wilson, who was a third of the trio of brothers that made up The Gap Band, has died. He was 73 years old. The Gap Band manager Michael Paran confirmed Wilson’s death to USA TODAY on Wednesday. His death was first shared on Facebook by Wilson’s wife, who remembered the musician as a “genius.”

“The love of my life was called at home this morning,” wrote Linda Boulware-Wilson on Tuesday. “Ronnie Wilson was a genius creating, producing, and playing flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from his childhood to the early 1970s. He will be truly missed !!!”

Ronnie Wilson Age

Ronnie Wilson was 73 years old.

Ronnie Wilson Cause of Death

Ronnie Wilson, a founding member of the Gap Band, has died at the age of 73. The group dominated the R&B charts in the 1980s, and their music went on to be sampled by artists decades later.

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We now pay tribute to Ronnie Wilson, founding member of The Gap Band. With hits like “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” and “Early In The Morning,” The Gap Band dominated the R&B charts in the 1980s. Decades later, many modern artists have had a taste of the group’s music. Ronnie Wilson’s death this week was announced by his wife on social media. He was 73 years old. NPR’s Elizabeth Blair has more.

ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: The Gap Band made music that pounded in your heart and made you want to dance.

(SONG SOUND, “BURN RUBBER ON ME”)

THE GAP BAND: (singing) I gave you my money. I gave you my time Why do you want to hurt me, girl?

BLAIR: Ronnie Wilson was the oldest of three brothers who made up The Gap Band. Charles sang lead vocals and Robert played bass, guitar, and backing vocals. They grew up in his father’s Pentecostal church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His mother played the piano and his father insisted that his children learn to play various instruments. Ronnie played the horns, percussion and also sang as accompaniment.

(SOUND OF THE SONG, “YOU LEFT ME A BOMB”)

THE GAP BAND: (singing) You kicked me out. You turned me on And then you let me fall to the ground. You dropped a bomb on me. You kicked me out and turned me on. You dropped a bomb on me.

BLAIR: Originally, the Wilson brothers named their group after Greenwood, Archer and Pine streets, the area that made Black Wall Street, the district destroyed in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Eventually, the name was shortened to The Gap Band.

(SYNCHRONOUS SOUND OF THE GAP BAND’S SONG, “BACKBONE”)

BLAIR: Another Oklahoma musician, the late Leon Russell, helped introduce the band to a wider audience. The Gap Band’s first album was released on Russell’s record label.

(SONG SOUND, “BACKBONE”)

THE GAP BAND: (Singing) How a good man packages a good woman, I know it’s true. When the going gets tough and you feel like quitting, she’ll be there with you.

BLAIR: In a 1974 interview, Leon Russell said that the Wilson brothers knew how to convey a song.

(SYNCHRONOUS SOUND OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

LEON RUSSELL: Most of them come from the church. They know how to get people to stand up and they know how to do something (ph). That’s what I like about The Gap Band.

(SOUND OF THE SONG, “EARLY MORNING”)

THE GAP BAND: (singing) So I have to get up early in the morning, find myself another lover. So I have to get up …

BLAIR: The Gap Band sound reached all corners of the music industry. Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Tyler, The Creator tested their songs. Even artists like George Michael and Dave Grohl mentioned the influence of the band. In his later years, Ronnie Wilson was involved in the music ministry of the Community Bible Church of San Antonio. Robert died of a heart attack in 2010. On Twitter, Charlie thanked people for sharing his prayers and love regarding the loss of my brother. In a Facebook post, Ronnie’s wife Linda called him a genius at creating, producing, and playing – something he did from infancy to age 70.

Elizabeth Blair, NPR News.

(SOUND OF THE SONG, “EARLY MORNING”)

THE GAP BAND: (singing) So I got up early in the morning to find another lover. So I have to get up early …

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