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RIP Colonel Abrams

Soul, house and R&B vocalist dies aged 67

2016 Nov 27     
2 Bit Thugs

The renowned singer suffered from diabetes and had been homeless for some time

Legendary US vocalist Colonel Abrams has died at the age of 67. He was a diabetic and had been homeless in the time leading up to his death.

Abrams is probably best known for his 1985 international hit Trapped - arguably the first identifiably 'garage' record to reach out beyond the New York/New Jersey club scene and onto the wider stage. But as anyone with a love of the more soulful side of dance music will attest, there was much more to his career than that.

Born in Detroit in 1949, Abrams grew up in New York's East Village and played guitar and piano in various bands from a young age. These included Heavy Impact and 94 East, a Minneapolis-based outfit that also included a young Prince Rogers Nelson on guitar. But it was a solo singer that Abrams would find fame, with Streetwise Records releasing his breakout single Music Is The Answer in 1994.

Trapped would follow the next year, but while his pop chart success proved short-lived, Abrams would go on to record several solo albums in the 90s as well as working with many house, R&B and garage producers. The 00s saw something of a career resurgence as tracks like Don't Give Me A Love That I Can't Use and Trouble Men's Abrams-vocaled Hurt My Feelings became staples on the soulful house scene.

In latter years, Abrams had sadly experienced health and financial problems. A crowdfunding campaign was launched in December 2015 to try and get the soul veteran back on his feet, but he unfortunately passed away from diabetic complications in Detroit on Friday (25 November).  

 

 

 

 

 

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