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Died On This Date (September 22, 2011) Vesta Williams / Popular R&B Singer

Posted by themusicsover on September 22, 2011

Vesta Williams
December 1, 1957 – September 22, 2011

Vesta Williams was an American R&B singer who achieved a bit of fame during the late ’80s and early ’90s.  Born in Ohio, but transplanted to Los Angeles while still a child, Williams was surrounded by music from an early age no doubt thanks to a father who was a disc jockey. After launching her career when she got out of high school, Williams began finding work as a session singer – working with the likes of Joe Sample, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Stephanie Mills.  That lead to a contract with A&M Records and the release of her debut, Vesta, in 1986.  Over the next several years, Williams scored hits with records like “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” “Sweet, Sweet Love,” and “Congratulations.”  Her most recent album release was 2007’s Distant Lover.  According to prefixmag, Vesta Williams passed away in a Los Angeles hotel room on September 22, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released.  She was 53.

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Died On This Date (April 15, 2009) Robert Brookins / R&B Singer, Songwriter & Producer

Posted by themusicsover on April 15, 2010

Robert Brookins
October 7, 1962 – April 15, 2009

robert-brookinsRobert Brookins began singing at the tender age of four, and never looked back.  After winning a Motown talent search in 1974, he joined a group called Afterbach whose debut was produced by Earth Wind & Fire’s Maurice and Verdine White.  Brookin’s vocals were featured on George Duke’s self titled release of 1986.   He soon signed to MCA Records for whom he recorded a handful of acclaimed R&B albums.  Over his career he worked with the likes of Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams, the Whispers, Jeffrey Osbourne, and Bobby Brown. Robert Brookins died of a heart attack at the age of 46.

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Died On This Date (November 10, 2006) Gerald Levert / R&B Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 10, 2009

Gerald Levert
July 13, 1966 – November 10, 2006

levertGerald Levert was a popular R&B singer who, along with his brother, Sean Levert, formed a group called LeVert in the mid ’80s.  Levert was part of R&B royalty, his father, Eddie Levert was the lead singer of the O’Jays.  LeVert scored several hit albums and singles during their 10+ year run.  Levert went solo in 1991 and continued to release hit albums and chart topping singles.  In 1997, he formed LSG, an R&B supergroup made up of Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill.  Their fist album sold more than 2 million copies.  Thoughout his prolific career, Levert collaborated with many other R&B greats.  That list includes Barry White, Stephanie Mills, Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass.  Gerald Levert, 40, was found dead in his bed on November 10, 2006.  Initial reports stated cause of death was a heart attack, but it was ultimately ruled an accidental overdose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

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