Gap Band Co-Founder Ronnie Wilson Dead at 73: Report

Ronnie Wilson, one of the founding members of long-running sibling R&B/funk act The Gap Band had died at age 73. “The love of my life was called home this morning, at 10:01am,” Wilson’s wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, wrote in a Facebook post. “Please continue to pray for The Wilson, Boulware, and Collins family, while we mourn his passing. Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. He will be truly missed!!!” A spokesperson for the group could not be reached for confirmation of Wilson’s death at press time.

According to a TMZ report, Linda Bouleware-Wilson said that her husband suffered a stroke last week, which sent him into a coma that he never recovered from.

Wilson formed the group in 1967 with his brothers Charlie and Robert in Tulsa, Okla., and they scored a series of Billboard R&B hits over a 40-year career during which they released 15 albums and such beloved singles such as “Shake,” “Oops Up Side Your Head,” “Early in the Morning,” “Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” and one of their highest-charting single, 1982’s No. 31 funk bop “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.”

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