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Thread started 03/14/11 5:02pm

Nick715

Hues Corporation singer dies

Bernard St. Clair Lee of the Hues Corporation Passes Away

http://mog.com/blog_post/...23/2863434

Bernard St. Clair Lee, baritone singer for the Hues Corporation was found dead in his home on Tuesday in Lake Elsinore, CA. Coroners confirmed that his death was from natural causes. He was 66.



The Hues Corporation formed in 1969 as a six piece group with three singers and three instrumentalists. They opened for a number of big artists including Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and Delaney Bramlett before the three instrumentalists left the band and the singers, Lee, Fleming Williams and Hubert Ann Kelley forged on.



Their first break came in 1972 when they were asked to appear in the film Blacula and record three songs for the soundtrack. Shortly after, they were signed to RCA and had a minor hit with Freedom For the Stallion (#63 Pop).



The follow-up was the song that broke the group nationally. "Rock the Boat" went to number 1 on the Hot 100 and number 2 on the R&B singles, earning them a gold record. They followed with Rockin' Soul (1974/#6 R&B/#18 Pop) and Love Corporation (1975/#15 R&B/#62 Pop).

The group continued to perform for three more years before breaking up in 1978. They reformed occasionally starting in the 1990's. In the last few years, Lee was performing with Elaine Woodward and Bruce Glover as a new version of the group.

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Reply #1 posted 03/14/11 10:39pm

PDogz

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Bernard St. Clair Lee

Man, that's sad to hear. Dude was never without that headband either, lol.

Bernard St. Clair Lee

The radio used to play the Hell outta "Rock The Boat". I remember their performance in the movie "Blacula" also. Wow, he was 66?!?

The Hue's Corporation

I remember seeing them in this recent PBS performance, thinking: Man, these cats are getting OLD!

The Hue's Corporation

May Bernard be resting peacefully. Thanks for being a part of many good times on the dance floor!

"There's Nothing That The Proper Attitude Won't Render Funkable!"

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Reply #2 posted 03/14/11 10:49pm

Timmy84

dove rose

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Reply #3 posted 03/14/11 11:07pm

MJJstudent

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WOW! is it just that we're getting older? because even though i know everyone transcends every day, it just seems like it's happening at a faster rate. just image the hundreds of people we DON'T hear about though. condolences...

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Reply #4 posted 03/14/11 11:17pm

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MJJstudent said:

WOW! is it just that we're getting older? because even though i know everyone transcends every day, it just seems like it's happening at a faster rate. just image the hundreds of people we DON'T hear about though. condolences...

I think it's indeed that we're getting older. Because now, most anyone who passes away, we have a fairly good knowledge of, as opposed to when we were children; when people passed away, we rarely knew who they were.

But I will admit, I'm struggling a bit with the number of people that I adore that have passed away in recent years. And I maintain a rather high level of anxiety wondering who might be next. We are all here for such a very, very short time to make our mark on the world.

When we're gone, what will we be remembered for?

"There's Nothing That The Proper Attitude Won't Render Funkable!"

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Reply #5 posted 03/15/11 12:06am

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PDogz said:

MJJstudent said:

WOW! is it just that we're getting older? because even though i know everyone transcends every day, it just seems like it's happening at a faster rate. just image the hundreds of people we DON'T hear about though. condolences...

I think it's indeed that we're getting older. Because now, most anyone who passes away, we have a fairly good knowledge of, as opposed to when we were children; when people passed away, we rarely knew who they were.

But I will admit, I'm struggling a bit with the number of people that I adore that have passed away in recent years. And I maintain a rather high level of anxiety wondering who might be next. We are all here for such a very, very short time to make our mark on the world.

When we're gone, what will we be remembered for?

hopefully it will be for the positive things we have contributed in this world.

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Reply #6 posted 03/15/11 4:44am

Graycap23

Respect.

RIP

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Reply #7 posted 03/15/11 7:56am

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Much respect.

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Reply #8 posted 03/15/11 8:14am

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R.I.P. pray

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