Robert Wilson, bassist and one of the founding members of the legendary funk band, Gap Band suffered a heart attack and died at his Palmdale, California on Sunday.
Known as the “Godfather of Bass Guitar,” Robert, along with his brothers Charlie and Ronnie, Tulsa, Oklahoma natives started performing in the early 70s under their original stage name—Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band, the name of three historical streets in their hometown.
Inspired by musical pioneers such as George Clinton and Earth, Wind & Fire, they topped the charts in the 80s revolutionizing their own sound of electrofunk that garnered classic hits including, “Burn Rubber On Me”, “You Dropped A Bomb On Me,” and “Early in the Morning”.
“My brother Robert was a bad boy on the bass,” Charlie Wilson said in a statement according to Billboard.com. “We shared a bond as brothers, musicians and friends. I loved him and losing him is difficult for both Ronnie and I. The music world has lost a very talented man.”
Robert was 53.
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