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jtf1972
08-16-2010, 01:40 AM
Robert Wilson of the Gap Band, 'Godfather of bass guitar,' dead at 53


//www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=269&articleid=20100815_371_0_TheGod700222

The “Godfather of Bass Guitar,” Robert Wilson of the legendary Tulsa jazz and funk group the Gap Band, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 53, confirmed his publicist and manager, Don Jackson, in a late-night Sunday phone call to the Tulsa World.

Wilson died from a massive heart attack in his home, Jackson said. His family became concerned about him when they didn’t receive their regular phone calls from him throughout the day. His adult son found Wilson's body on Sunday afternoon in Palmdale, Calif.

tsull1
08-16-2010, 02:27 AM
Bummer, very young. I flat out love The Gap Band, such a great group. Very sad.

Here's a link:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=269&articleid=20100815_371_0_TheGod700222

daddyacey
08-16-2010, 02:29 AM
Sorry to hear this. My condolences to the Wilson family.
Rest in Peace, Robert Wilson .

KevLo
08-16-2010, 05:46 AM
Hi this is Kev-Lo

I'm sorry to hear this R.I.P Robert Wilson

GeeTee(HPK)
08-16-2010, 05:55 AM
Wow, I'm in a lost for words. R.I.P. :(

paladin
08-16-2010, 07:33 AM
I heard about this late yesterday from President of Dramatic's fan club, our own Iris. Dam they are leaving us at an alarming rate.

timmyfunk
08-16-2010, 08:06 AM
This has to be the worst year on record for R&B, Soul, and Funk legends. R.I.P. Robert.

ollie
08-16-2010, 08:19 AM
RIP Mr Wilson and thx for closing the GAP to other generations by playing the bass as you did.
http://www.bassplayer.com/article/robert-wilson-filling/oct-05/13766

destruction
08-16-2010, 08:41 AM
RIP.

Even though I've always considered Burn Rubber a great example of a song that goes from 0 to 60. My fave Gap Band memory is sitting on a sofa with my aunt, watching my grandmother jump out of her chair to sing her "new" favorite song, "Oops Upside Your Head".....burned on the retina.

Like most Funk bands in the day....they gave you your money's worth live.

glencro
08-17-2010, 08:23 AM
WOW, really sorry to hear this and so young...what an swesome contribution he has made to the music industry. He will be sorely missed but his music will live on forever.

WaltB
08-17-2010, 08:45 PM
This is really sad, as you know Bootsy's brother, Phelps "Catfish" Collins just passed and Robert is their cousin. He will be missed. A true talent on electric bass thumpin it up!

juicefree20
08-17-2010, 09:30 PM
I first discovered The GAP Band in '79 with "Shake", then "Oops Upside Your Head". Along with Slave & a few others, they were amongst my favorite groups fromabout 80 - 86. It's sad to hear that yet another of our icons has passed away & so young, at that.

My condolences to his family, friends & fans.

Robert Wilson - R.I.P.

Man, what a year for Soul & Funk music :(

chidrummer
08-18-2010, 12:33 AM
RIP Godfather. Hey Marlowe, hit me one more time for Robert!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5sK8CeoKIY

Make it funky in Heaven....

ladyvanaye
08-18-2010, 08:33 AM
The Gap Band was absolutely one of my favorite bands and Robert Wilson was certainly one of the reason why. What were they without that bass thumping in their music? Wow. What a year. Sorry to hear this, and he was obviously the youngest of the group(?) RIP Robert Wilson, may God Keep Your Soul...:(

jsmith
08-20-2010, 04:30 AM
There is a good full page obit on Robert in todays (UK) Independent newspaper.
It makes mention of his work with Norman Whitfield and his solo stuff for Lucky 7 (the label set up by his nephew Frank Wilson).