Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nicholas Caldwell of The Whispers passed, aged 71

Nicholas CaldwellWillette Ballard, a representative for the group, said Nicholas Caldwell died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his San Francisco home. This coming as an end to a long battle into which Nicholas had been taken into. With the latter eventually decidin’ to take advantage of a relatively new technology called an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device), as he stated last year.

California native Nicholas Caldwell joined The Whispers in 1964. A group which he formed with Walter and Wallace Scott. But also Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon which Leaveil Degree replaced in 1973 after he injured his larynx in a car crash.

They first recorded for local LA Dore Records label. Hitting the Pop and R&B charts with ‘Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong’ in 1970. From then, they gently paved their way with regular honest charting cuts. They then signed a record deal with Don Cornelius/Dick Griffey‘s Soul Train label. Then they switched to Griffey‘s SOLAR imprint where they would reach their peak.

They reached the top in 1979 with their Leon Sylvers III produced eponymous album featuring the memorable ‘And The Beat Goes On’. An anthem which put them to the forefront of the Disco/R&B/Funk scene for some time. It opened the path of a string of infectious grooves that were to follow. From ‘It’s A Love Thing’ to ‘In The Raw’, ‘Tonight’ and ‘Contagious’ to name but a few. Not to mention the 1987 ‘Rock Steady’ with production courtesy of L.A. & Babyface. A track which happened to be their very last significant success on SOLAR.
Signing on Capitol in 1990, they progressively lost their visibilty with a reputedly more mature repertoire…

Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to Nicholas Caldwell‘s family and friends…

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