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RIHP The Gap Band founder Jimmy Wilson.

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Ronnie Wilson, founding member of The Gap Band, dead at 73
By Jack Guy, CNN

(CNN)Ronnie Wilson, founding member of R&B group The Gap Band, has died at the age of 73.

His passing was confirmed by his wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, in a Facebook post published Tuesday.

"The love of my life was called home this morning, at 10:01am. Please continue to pray for The Wilson, Boulware, and Collins family, while we mourn his passing," she wrote.

"Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. He will be truly missed!!!"

Wilson formed The Gap Band in the late 1960s along with his brothers Charlie and Robert, according to the band's website.

They later abbreviated the name to The G.A.P. Band and finally The Gap Band.

The group rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s, opening for bands such as The Rolling Stones.

Their best-known songs include "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," "Party Train" and "Burn Rubber on Me."

Another famous song, "Outstanding," has been sampled by more than 150 artists, according to the band's website
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Reply #1 posted 11/03/21 8:11am

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Here's a couple of songs Ronnie sing lead on:

You're Something Special
For The People

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #2 posted 11/03/21 3:39pm

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This is probably the earliest known footage of The Gap Band from a 1974 episode of Midnight Sepcial. They were the backup band for Leon Russell. The original lineup wasn't just the Wilson brothers.


You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #3 posted 11/03/21 11:58pm

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R.I.P.

The Gap Band are legendary.

"Yearning for Your Love"

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Reply #4 posted 11/08/21 9:20am

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Sad news. I love the GAP Band! RIP Ronnie and thanks for your gift of music.

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Reply #5 posted 11/10/21 4:46pm

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Charlie Wilson: Thank you for sharing your prayers & love regarding the loss of my brother Ronnie. I appreciate all your messages & am grateful for the support during this difficult time. "He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds." (Psalms 147:3)

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #6 posted 11/13/21 11:41am

Doalwa

I’ll definitely be blasting some GAP band later tonight..RIP 🙏
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Reply #7 posted 11/18/21 4:21pm

mrwiggles

Yeah this one got me. Had to fire up Talkin' Back. Was his nickname or middle name Jimmy? I did not know that. RIP

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Reply #8 posted 11/21/21 10:25am

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mrwiggles said:

Was his nickname or middle name Jimmy?

His middle name is James. I've never heard of him referred to as Jimmy or James though. Maybe the thread title is a typo. I know Charlie is called "Uncle Charlie".

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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