Monday, October 23, 2017

Philly icon Bunny Sigler passed, aged 76

Bunny Sigler & Instant FunkFeels like the capital of Pennsylvania has once again become smaller with the sudden passing of Bunny Sigler. A quintessential name in the maturation of the Philadelphia Sound, as a singer, a songwriter and a producer.

Walter ‘Bunny’ Sigler saw the day in Philadelphia back in 1941, 2 days before Easter, hence his nickname. Singing at church as a kid, he formed a group – The Opals – with his brother and two friends. He released his debut-single – ‘Hold On’ – at the age of 18 on V-Tone Records with writing work courtesy of Don Covay and John Berry. Then, 2 years later, local DJ Cannonball eventually signed him on Craig Records. There, he released ‘Come On Home’ as the flipside of ‘I Won’t Cry’. A song which earned him the nickmame ‘Mr Emotion’. He first met Gamble & Huff back in 1965. Initially working with Leon Huff, he released ‘Girl Don’t Make Me Wait’ the year after on Parkway. Scoring soon after his first significant hit with a cover version of Shirley & Lee‘s ‘Let The Good Times Roll And Feel So Good’.

By the beginning of the 70’s, Bunny Sigler teamed up with Gamble & Huff as staff writer/producer for the Neptune label. Then soon after for Philadelphia International Records. From then, he collaborated with most of the artists asociated to the Philly stable. From Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes to Lou Rawls, Billy Paul and The O’Jays. Meanwhile, as an artist on his own, he released ‘That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You’. But also did an outstanding cover version of The O’Jays‘ ‘Love Train’ in 1974. Then, although he kept on writing and producing for PIR, he signed as an artist on Norman Harris‘s ‘Gold Mind Records in 1977.

There he delivered boiling gems such as ‘Let Me Party With You’, as a sort of answer to Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Got To Give It Up’. But also ‘By The Way You Dance’. Eventually duetting with Loleatta Holloway on the smooth ‘Only You’. Then with Barbara Mason the year after on ‘Love Song / Locked In This Position’ on Curtom.

Bunny Sigler has also written and / or produced for a myriad of artists. From Jackie Moore to Linda Clifford, The Whispers, First Choice, Double Exposure and Chaka Khan to name a few. Meanwhile, he also contributed as a member of Instant Funk, a group mostly remembered for gems such as ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’, ‘Body Shine’ and ‘Everybody’ on Salsoul Records.

His last album – ‘When You’re In Love At Christmas Time’ – saw the light back in 2013.

Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to Bunny Sigler‘s family and friends…

Tribute: Bunny Sigler

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