May 25, 1949 – November 24, 2016
Colonel Abrams was an American R&B singer who launched his career in 1976 and rose to fame during the mid-’80s. His biggest hit was 1985’s “Trapped,” which cracked the Top 5 in the UK and topped the US Dance single charts. A follow-up single, “I’m Not Gonna Let You” charted on several dance and R&B charts and further helped lay the foundation of House Music. Abrams’ self-titled debut ultimately reached #75 on the Billboard Top 200, as well as #13 on their R&B Album chart. He went on to release three more albums over the next decade along with several more club and dance hit singles. In 2007 and 2008, Abrams released a handful of new singles on his own Colonel Records. In more recent years, he could be seen performing at ’80s revival shows. Sadly, it has been reported that Abrams was homeless and living in poor health as recently as 2015. Colonel Abrams was 67 when he passed away on November 24, 2016. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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