One of the biggest names in the world of music from the 1970’s has just passed away. Keith Wilder has unexpectedly died ins his sleep. Fans and friends are mourning his untimely passing.
Wilder was only 65 years of age at the time of his passing. He had reportedly been battling health problems prior to his death.
“Keith Wilder, the singer of the influential Seventies funk outfit Heatwave, died Sunday at the age of 65,” Les Spaine, the group's manager, confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone.
"I am at a loss for words," Jones said. "We are going to miss his voice. He had a great voice, but we can always put on a record and hear it,” said his cousin and bandmate, Billy Jones.
Wilder was originally from Dayton, Ohio. He played in a local band with his brother before serving in the army. It was through his military service that he traveled overseas and ultimately met songwriter Rod Temperton.
In 1976, Heatwave released their debut album, Too Hot to Handle, which peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard album charts. Along with its hits – "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever,” according to Rolling Stone.
"He was a man of standards, class act, great entertainer, and had a great sense of humor," Keith Harrison, who played in Heatwave with Wilder and had known him since high school, tells Rolling Stone. "He will greatly be missed!"
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