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    Tavares founding member Arthur "Pooch" Tavares dies after ALS battle

    Info from SoulTracks.com:

    Today we say a sad goodbye to Arther "Pooch" Tavares of the legendary group Tavares, who has died of ALS at age 74. Pooch's deep baritone anchored a decade of hits for the family group Tavares and made their brotherly harmonies so special.

    Pooch's wife Gini posted on social media: To all our friends and family. After a courageous battle with ALS, Pooch passed this Monday night [4/15/24]. I feel peace in my heart knowing he no longer suffers. I want to thank family and friends for their love and visits while he was able to enjoy them. The funeral information will be published when it's ready, so please respect my private grieving time at home. A ringing phone 24/7 is overwhelming now. Thank you. -Gini

    Longtime SoulTrackers know that Tavares was the first act we ever profiled on SoulTracks, in large part because of my personal affection for the group. And I've had the chance to speak with Pooch several times, including when I interviewed him for the liner notes of the reissue of the group's second album, Hard Core Poetry. More casual fans will recognize Pooch for his leads on a few Tavares songs, such as "Penny For Your Thoughts," "Love Calls," "Right Back In Your Arms," and "Never Say Never Again."

    In my interactions with Pooch, he was always been both kind and humble about his accomplishments. And those accomplishments are many. The five brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts - Ralph, Tiny, Chubby, Butch and Pooch - arguably created the most consistently high quality soul music of the 70s and early 80s.

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    Tavares founding member Arthur "Pooch" Tavares dies after ALS battle | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews

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    Loved this group. So sorry to hear of his passing.

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    Sad news. I loved this group both visually and vocally. Tavares was not a lead singer with background singers. They were a group.

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    Remembering the first song that I heard by Tavares, "Check It Out". Rest In Music, Power, Peace & Soul Arthur Tavares.

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    My first introduction was the two-sided hit "My Ship" and "Remember What I Told You to Forget." Many other great ones followed such as the clever Whodunit.

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    I've loved Tavares ever since their first album produced by Johnny Bristol titled "Check It Out" in 1973, followed by 1974's "Hard Core Poetry" LP and 1975's "In The City" [[both of which were produced by Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter.)

    May "Pooch" RIP forevermore.


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