According to a statement released by Bobby Caldwell’s wife, Mary Caldwell, the soulful singer and songwriter behind R&B hits like “What You Won’t Do For Love” and “Open Your Eyes” has passed away. He was 71.
Bobby died at home. As he went, I clutched him tightly in my arms. I will always feel a deep void in my heart. Mary Caldwell wrote on his verified Twitter account, “Thank you all for your many prayers throughout the years.”
She claimed that Caldwell had been experiencing health problems for some years.
With its initial release in 1978, Caldwell’s smash single “What You Won’t Do For Love” quickly rose to the top of the Billboard 100. His music has been sampled by a wide range of artists, including Tupac Shakur, Common and John Legend.
Questlove, who worked with Common on the song “The Light,” which sampled Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes,” paid tribute to the late musician on Instagram, writing about his attempts to work with him over the years.
Questlove said, “Wow, such a squandered opportunity to meet a legend.” “I appreciate your talent and voice,
One musician thanked Caldwell’s family for “sharing Bobby with us and the rest of the world, which brought to it so much joy and beauty.” He will be missed, but his legacy will be a blessing.
Caldwell was born in New York, raised in Miami, and got his big break playing guitar for Little Richard. He attributes his versatility as a musician to the fusion of Haitian, reggae, Latin, pop, and R&B influences in his homeland.
“Most of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know in the radio business, they all say the same thing. It’s like a universal language, and should have no barriers,” Caldwell said of music in a 2005 interview with NPR.
In addition to his solo work, he also penned popular songs for other performers, including “The Next Time I Fall” for Amy Grant and Peter Cetera. “Cool Uncle,” his most recent album, was published in 2015.
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