Ronnie Wilson, founding member of The Gap Band, dies at 73

His death was confirmed by his wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, in a Facebook post published Tuesday.

“The love of my life was called home at 10:01 am this morning. Please continue to pray for the Wilson, Boulware and Collins family as we mourn his passing,” she wrote.

Ronnie Wilson (top row second from left) with The Gap Band circa 1980

“Ronnie Wilson was a genius at creating, producing and playing flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards and vocal music from his childhood to his early 1970s. He will be truly missed!!!”

According to the band’s website, Wilson co-founded The Gap Band with his brothers Charlie and Robert in the late 1960s.

A century after the massacre of the Tulsa race,
The group was originally called The Greenwood Archer Pine Street Band, after three streets in a black area of ​​their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was the target of a white mob during the 1921 Tulsa massacre.

They later shortened the name to The GAP Band and eventually The Gap Band.

The group rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s, opening for bands such as The Rolling Stones.

Their most famous songs are ‘You Dropped a Bomb on Me’, ‘Party Train’ and ‘Burn Rubber on Me’.

Another famous song, “Outstanding,” has been sampled by more than 150 artists, according to the band’s website.

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