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Gap Band founder and bassist Robert Wilson dies at age 53

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Image Credit: David Corio/Redferns/Getty ImagesBassist Robert Wilson, who founded legendary funk act the Gap Band with his brothers Charlie, and Ronnie, died Sunday in his Palmdale, Ca. home, according to Billboard. Wilson was 53.

The Tulsa-raised Wilson brothers began playing together in 1967, originally under the name of the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band. In the early ’70s, they performed with Leon Russell, who produced their debut album Magician’s Holiday. In the ’80s, the Gap Band repeatedly hit the charts with such songs as “Early in the Morning,” “Party Train,” and “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.”

Famous Gap Band fans include Roots drummer Questlove, who yesterday wrote on Twitter, “my god… the youngest “Gap” Brother Robert Wilson passed away. he will be missed.”

You can hear “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” after the jump.

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